31 Weeks-Showered with Love

This past weekend was a busy one.  I attended a wedding with my sister and danced the night away, walked around strawberry fest in Cedarburg WI and had our second baby shower for baby C (we had our second baby shower (1st baby shower was in Chicago) hosted by my lovely mom and wonderful sister.

It was nice to be able to see and catch up with everyone all at one time.  Baby Campbell got a lot of nice things and TONS of books.  When my family sent the invites out, my sister inserted a piece of paper stating to bring a book a long instead of a card.  I’m so glad that she thought of this.  I thought for sure we’d get some repeat books…not a single one was given twice.  We did, however, receive 3 pack n plays 🙂

To kick off the shower we started with some games.  One game was match the meaning to the name and the other game was guess how big around Maria is 🙂 That was fun.  I had a few people get it right on target while others definitely overestimated.

We ate brunch and dessert was courtesy of Miss Cupcake out of Milwaukee.  She made the cupcakes for our wedding and I’m so happy that my mom ordered from her again.  We had an orange flavored cupcake (gluten-free), tres leche cupcake, and a strawberries and cream baby shower cake.  All of them were amazing and delicious as usual.

The guests were also asked to fill out their hopes & dreams for Baby C.  This was such a cute idea and so much fun to read with hubs after the shower.  It’s something I definitely want to hang onto and show the little one what everyone wrote when he or she gets older.

The shower was a big success.  We received pretty much everything that we needed and I now have an abundance of receiving blankets.  The only thing that we didn’t get that I really want is a jogging stroller so I think we are going to put our gift cards and cash towards that purchase.

What’s Baby C up to this week?  This week, baby’s measuring about 16 inches and weighs a little over 3 lbs.  Baby’s getting plump and the skin is becoming less wrinkled.  Baby is also moving around like CRAZY!!!!! Last night my stomach would not stop moving in every direction.  I felt like the baby was kicking its little hands and feet saying, “Get me outta here!”

How I’m feeling? Pregnant…and wonderful.  Besides the minor aches and pains, I still feel really great.  I was able to wear heels, and dance until 2am Friday night at my sister’s friend’s wedding.  Not too shabby for 31 weeks 🙂  I know most people say the second trimester is their favorite, but so far I’m really loving the third trimester.  Yes, I’m starting to get limited in my ability to do certain things, but feeling the baby move the way it does, is just so truly amazing.  I hope that when I go to my dr.’s appointment next week, baby is still head down.  If not, we’ve got lots of time to work on that, right? Right!


Things I Miss

As much as I enjoy being pregnant and being able to grow this little baby, there are some things that I do miss about my non-pregnant life.  Don’t get me wrong, I feel truly blessed to be bring a baby into this world but there were some things that I definitely took for granted…like bending over to tie my shoes without having to make a grunting noise among other things.

Wine & cocktails on the patio (especially in the summer time). I know after baby, there will be a generous glass of malbec with my name on it patiently waiting for me.  


Laying on my stomach.  Tonight I whined, “I just want to lay on my stomach!” Which prompted the idea for this post 🙂

Going “Balls to the walls” with workouts.  Right before I got pregnant, I had just started exploring HIIT (high-intensity interval training).  I miss not having to worry about overheating, my heart rate, or whether or not I should be doing a certain exercise.  On the other hand, it’s definitely helped me become more in-tuned with my workouts and how hard I’m working.  And bonus…I can still do planks!

Eating Freely.  Last Saturday, while my mom and I were at the farmer’s market, I attempted to sample some cheese from one of the vendors.  Before I could put the cheese in my mouth the cheese lady goes to me, “You know that’s made with raw cow milk, it’s flash pasteurized, but I guess it’s your choice as to whether or not you should eat it”. Do you think I was going to eat the cheese after that comment?

Running.  I was able to run well into my second trimester, but as the baby grew and sat over my bladder, my running days came to an end.  I can’t wait to get back at it and bring the baby on jogs with me 🙂 My sister and I already have a goal of running a 1/2 marathon the spring.


As much as I miss my old body and life at times, it does make me a little sad that this time is going by so quickly and soon the pregnancy will be over.  BUT I’m looking forward to meeting this little person, having an outside baby to raise and finding out whether ITS A BOY OR GIRL?!?!  I’m amazed at the fact that I haven’t caved in and found out.  Patience isn’t one of my best qualities, but I think I’ve done well with this during the pregnancy.

This weekend is jam-packed with all sorts of fun actives: a wedding, strawberry fest and another baby shower 🙂  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

30 Weeks-Maternity Pics by Olga

Happy Monday!  Instead of enjoying my normal day off, I sat through new hire orientation-fun stuff I know.  A lot of the information was the same from when I went in January, but now that I’m full-time I learned a little bit more about the benefits that I’m entitled to, including the different leave options I have for when Baby C arrives 🙂

After sitting all day, I was happy to finally get back home and stretch out my legs.  My initial plan was to take Oliver for a much needed walk, but it was hot, humid and extremely windy.  So instead, I did my bar method DVD and Zumba on the Xbox.  Things are definitely slowing down over here in the Zumba department.  I’ve had to modify moves both in class as well as at home and today, I had to stop and take a few breaks but I finished.  It felt good to shake out my legs.  I’m hoping to get a little walk in for the pup tomorrow but the weather forecast looks the same as it did today and Oliver and I don’t do well in the heat.

Over Memorial Day weekend, hubs and I had our maternity pictures taken.  Olga Thomas, our wedding photographer, did the session and we couldn’t have been happier with how our pictures turned out.  She made me feel really comfortable and told me that I had the cutest baby belly 🙂 She does amazing work and we have received so many nice words on both our wedding and now maternity pictures.  I can’t wait to see the newborn pictures!  Here are just a few of my favorites:

As I said, Olga does amazing work!  She started out as a photojournalist in Romania before being a photographer here in the states.  I’m in the process of putting up a wedding tab so be on the look out for that soon.

This week, Baby C hit 30 weeks!  This pregnancy (and summer) are just flying right on by!  Right about now, baby is about the size of a head of cabbage, weighing about 3 pounds and 15.7 inches long.  Baby’s eyesight continues to develop and by the time of birth baby will only be able to make out objects a few inches away from his or her face.  Baby’s little kicks and punches and have turned into full blown rolls and blows to my ribs.  I had my hand on my stomach today and the baby kicked so hard my hand almost went off of my stomach!  Strong little thing 🙂

How am I doing?  It’s getting harder to sleep at night.  I have no problem falling asleep, it’s the staying asleep that’s a pain…literally all in my lower back and hips.  I’ve never had so much trouble turning from one side to the other in my life.  I’m hoping that by getting back on a regular Bar Method schedule the pain in my lower back will be a little less than what it is now.  Fingers crossed.

Current cravings?? GRAPES!  I can’t get enough of them…and sour cream and cheddar Ruffles :-/ I don’t know what it is, since I’ve never been a chip girl, but these cry out to me when I’m at the store and I’ve caved a few times.  Anything cold for breakfast…smoothies, cereal, fruit, etc.  Still nothing too crazy like pickles and ice cream.

Onto week 31 🙂  This weekend we have our second baby shower in Wisconsin.  And nesting mode has definitely set it.  I’m after hubs to get some shelves hung before the shower and I put together our stroller tonight.  Only 7 more weeks until baby is full-term and at the rate people are going around me, I want to be prepared.

Sunday Funday

Has a whole new meaning these days 🙂  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I actually went into work for a few hours on Saturday to earn some comp time for when the baby’s born.  Hubs works nights and when he comes home on Saturday mornings at 6am, I’m wide awake so I figured I’d just go into work for a few hours and get some stuff done.  Afterward, I went to the South Shore farmer’s market with my mom and bought some beets, kale, pea pods and shared some kettle corn with my mom.  LC and I went to the pool later the day, but our pool workout was cut short due to scattered showers :-/ So I came back home and did my prenatal Bar Method DVD instead.  I’ve been doing this DVD throughout my pregnancy, but not consistently (they recommend 3-5 times a week). I NEED to bring this into a regular workout rotation now, because today is the first day I woke up and didn’t have extreme lower back pain after a night of sleep and I think the pool and bar method had something to do with that.

Today, I started our day off with blueberry waffles with a little help from Better Batter.  Of all the gluten-free pancake mixes I’ve tried, I like this one the best so far.  All you have to do is add water or milk (I used rice milk) and an egg.  They were very good and very light and fluffy.

After breakfast, hubs and I met up with my sister and her friend down at the lakefront for the Festival of the Arts.  It’s a big arts festival that’s put on every summer at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Most of it is under tents so that if it rains, the art won’t get ruined.  Of all the years I’ve lived in Milwaukee, I’ve never made it to this festival until today.  We got there expect to pay admission, but were surprised to find out that it’s free for military and families.  The art exhibit on display right now at the museum is Posters of Paris, so there was a huge sand sculpture in front of the festival honoring that theme.

We walked around for a few hours admiring the art pieces that we couldn’t afford and enjoyed the day.  After we had seen enough, hubs and I headed back home and went straight to the pool since our visit yesterday was cut short.  it was hoppin’ with people today. We went for a little swim and then went back to our chairs to lay out in the sun.  We must have both been super tired, because before I knew it, I was waking from a nap.  It felt amazing to sleep out in the sun 🙂

In baby news, I found out that an old college friend is expecting a baby in December! So that makes what seems like a million babies born this year…when really it’s 10 including myself.  Craziness.  I thought it just seemed like the whole world is pregnant because I am and maybe I’m noticing it more, but everyone really is pregnant!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a 30 week baby update!

Summer Snackage

When the seasons change, so does my appetite and eating style.  When Summer makes itsway to the Midwest, my appetite turns into that of a “grazing throughout the day” style as opposed to 3 meals a day.  When it’s in the upper 90s and it’s hot and humid, a heavy meal is the last thing on my mind.

Now that I’m about 7 1/2 months along into my pregnancy, cooking during the week is also less appealing to me, so I can say that hubs is responsible for most of our week night meals which are all prepared on the grill.  Last night’s meal consisted of grass-fed cheeseburgers on the grill, cut up watermelon, and some chips.

The  only thing I cooked up last night was kale chips.  I’ve attempted to buy them twice at Whole Foods and both times I’ve been really disappointed.  Both times it’s been a taste issue.  So instead of buying them, I decided to give it one more go and make my own. Best. Decision. Ever.  I picked up a bag of kale at the Madison Farmer’s Market this past weekend for under $4 along with some sunflower oil.  I washed the kale, tore the leaves off the stem, placed them on a cookie sheet and brushed sunflower oil on them.  Then, I sprinkled sea salt and Mrs. Dash Garlic seasonings.  I baked them at about 200 degrees for about 20 minutes.  They turned out wonderfully, and I will definitely be making these again when I pick up some more kale at the market this weekend.

Here’s a rundown of some of this week’s favorite summer snacks: 

1) Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss BarsBesides being soy free & dairy free, these tasty bars definitely satisfy my ice cream craving and are a much better alternative than a trip to DQ or Culver’s. 2)Lucy’s Gluten-Free cookiesallergen free, vegan, made in a dedicated bakery, & all natural.  Lucy’s cookies are a great snack to have on hand when you don’t have time to whip up your own batch of cookies.  I’ve tried the sugar and the chocolate chip as well as the oatmeal and all have been very good. 3) What’s a summer without some watermelon in your life?  Besides it being a summer tasty treat, I recently learned that it has awesome benefits for pregnant women.  If you want, you can read about that *here*. 4) Food Should Taste Good-Olive Chips and roasted red pepper feta cheese dip.  This lovely snack comes from Outpost and is a great alternative to the traditional chips and dip.  This feta cheese medley would probably rock my socks off if it was mixed with hummus…

Do your eating habits change with the seasons? What’s your favorite summer time snack? 

Week 29-Baby C’s Chicago Shower

Every week that passes with zero problems or concerns is a blessing to me.  We are getting down to the final weeks and I am just so grateful that, so far, I have had zero complications in this pregnancy.  My glucose test came back normal, but my iron levels were on the low side so my doctor wants me to take a slow release iron supplement to help out with that.  I’ve already been able to tell a difference in my energy levels.

This past Sunday, we celebrated Baby C with our first baby shower.  Since LC’s from Chi-town, his mom and sisters threw us a shower there so that his family and family friends could shower Baby C with love.  I also got to see a few of my Chicago girlfriends that I still keep in touch with.

We started the shower off with some games and a little science experiment.  LC’s mom wrapped 8 different items up and you had to guess what each one was by feeling the package.  The person who guessed the most correctly won a bottle of wine.  LC and I got to bring the wrapped goodies home 🙂  Our science experiment was testing different diapers to see which one could hold the most liquid.  The three diapers we tested were Up & Up, LUVs, and Pamper’s Swaddlers.  Surprisingly, the Up & Up (Target Brand) won.  Of course, they might be different when they’re on an actual baby, but I’ve heard very good things about the Target brand of diapers for when the baby’s older.

After the fun & games, we ate some delicious Italian food (I split a special GF meal with my mom) and opened up some gifts.  Baby C got a lot of nice things and luckily, we didn’t get a ton of clothes and what did get was Chicago specific.

Will baby be a Cubs Fan or a Brewers fan?

We loved all of our gifts and am very thankful for the wonderful family and friends that were there to help make Baby C’s first shower a success.  We have another one coming up in a few short weeks in WI hosted by my mom and sister.  I can’t wait for this one either 🙂

This week, baby C has grown into a beautiful butternut squash.  Baby’s weight is still at about 2.5 lbs and is just a little over 15 inches long.  Muscles and lungs continue to mature and baby’s noggin is getting bigger to make room for its developing brain.  I’ve been pretty conscious about what I’m eating during this pregnancy, to ensure that baby’s getting the most nutrients from the best food.  I’ve definitely given into my share of cravings (hello ice cream!), but this trimester, most of baby’s weight gain comes from the  foods that I eat, so I’ve been trying to get the best.  Since baby is head down, I’ve also felt a lot of pressure on my bladder..fun fun!


How am I feeling?  Very pregnant.  After my shower on Sunday, my feet were definitely swollen.  Between a mix of the heat (high 90s in June?!) and being on them all day, they were not very happy with me.  When we got back home, I put them up and hubs offered up a foot rub without being asked 🙂  My energy levels feel somewhat normal.  I’m still tired, but I don’t feel like a zombie anymore so I call that a win.  I made it to Zumba today in my “Dancing for Two” tank and I received lots of compliments.  One girl told me that her friends all took Zumba up until they delivered and they had very short births (side note-a pregnant woman can never hear enough positive birth stories so, please keep them coming!).  My favorite thing to do at night, is to sit and watch my stomach move around.  There has been a lot more movement the past few weeks and I find it both awesome and weird at the same time.  Sometimes, I still can’t believe that there’s a little human inside of there.  I’ve never been so excited to meet anyone in my life!  Just a few more months 🙂

Fun Photo Friday-what’s Meant to Be will Be


I was catching up with a friend on Monday, filling her in on my life and everything that’s happened the past few months, the leap of faith we took by moving to WI and whatnot. She says to me “Wow everything just worked out and fell into place for you guys all at the right time.” I’ve spent many hours stressing about jobs and moving and she’s right: everything worked out perfectly and there was no need to stress or worry. Sometimes we need to just let go and let live.

When I first moved to Chicago I had a picture in my head of how my life would go. Today, my life doesn’t come close to what I had pictured and planned in my head 5 years ago but I couldn’t be happier. I have a job that I love, a wonderful husband and a (so far) healthy baby on the way. My heart is truly full.

WIAW Celebratory Blueberry Muffins

Good evening! I hope everyone’s week is going well.  I can’t believe tomorrow is Thursday.  Bring on opening night of Jazz in the Park with my favorite two women 🙂

Our week has been a little crazy over here.  Monday I had a dr.’s appointment & made muffins, Tuesday was Election Day here in Wisconsin & a sisters night in-we watched The Vow and I was very disappointed, and tonight we had birthing classes.  So back to those muffins…

I wanted to bring my co-worker a treat as a way to say “Thank you for hiring me after keeping in suspense for the last 6 months”.  I know everyone in my office loves baked goods, so I brought in homemade blueberry muffins.  My version of muffins are a little different than other people’s.  Because people love to bring in treats, I thought I’d make mine a little bit healthy.  I was a little nervous to bring them in because I was afraid of how people would react to the taste…turns out they LOVED them!  My boss took one bite and said, “You can bring these in any day!”  No one had no idea that they were gluten-free and vegan.  Confession…I do this with all my treats but never tell anyone 🙂

Celebratory Blueberry Muffins w/Streusel Topping


by Maria Campbell

Keywords: bake bread gluten-free vegan


Ingredients (24 muffins)

  • Muffins:
  • 4 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 1/3 cup agave nectar (light)
  • 1 1/3 cup rice milk
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 quart fresh blueberries washed
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 3/4 cup evaporated cane juice sugar
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegan shortening


Preheat oven to 325 F. Line the muffin tin with liners or spray muffin tin if liners aren’t used.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, agave, rice milk, vanilla and lemon to the dry ingredients and mix until batter is smooth. Using a plastic spatula, fold in blueberries until they are distributed evenly through the batter.

Using a cookie scooper, fill each muffin tin almost to the top. In a small bowl mix evaporated cane juice, flour, water, cinnamon, and shortening until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of muffins.

Bake the muffins on the center rack for about 20-25 minutes. Let the muffins stand for 15 minutes then move them to the wire rack and cool completely.


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28 Weeks-Hello 3rd Trimester

7 months down…3 or so left to go.  It wasn’t until I became pregnant myself, that I actually knew pregnancy lasts 10 months (40 weeks)…not 9.

Today was a big day over here.  I’m officially in my 3rd trimester & I can put the dreaded glucose test behind me 🙂  I had my appointment today and I should know the results by the end of this week.  Last time I went to the doctor, she told me that I didn’t have to fast before the test.  I wasn’t planning eating a huge breakfast since my appointment was at 10 this morning, but after a morning workout left me pretty hungry, there was a change of plans.  I decided to whip up a 2 egg omelet with spinach and parmesan cheese.

When I got to the appointment, the nurse asked me if I wanted to do my glucose test today.  I didn’t think I had a choice?  Because I had prepped myself for it and wanted to get it over with, I just said sure.  The tech weighed me and took my blood pressure.  Everything’s measuring right on track so far.  Next, I met with my doctor.  She asked me if I had any questions or concerns and I brought up the fact that I’ve been more tired than normal the past few weeks.  She decided that she was going to check my iron levels, but in the mean time I should take an over the counter iron supplement.  We listened to the baby’s heartbeat, heard the baby kick, took my belly measurement (measuring at 29 weeks), felt that the baby was head down (hopefully baby stays that way!) and discussed circumcision.  When she first brought up the subject, I felt a wave of panic.  I remember telling her that we didn’t know what we were having and wanted to be surprised.  I knew that she recently had received my ultrasound from my former doctor so after she was done talking about circumcision, I asked her if they had the sex of the baby in the charts and she said no, this was just something that she discusses with all of her patients who want to be surprised or our expecting boys.  I felt some relief.  As much as I really want to know what we’re having, I’m really nervous that someone’s going to let it slip, so I love it that our doctor doesn’t even know 🙂  I know that hubs is a definite YES on the circumcision and I told her that, but she brought up some interesting points and told me that we should research it before we make final decisions.

The glucose test itself was not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.  The nurse came in with an orange drink and I got it down while I talked with my doctor.  She told me the best thing to do was to just chug it and not try to sit and sip it.  I was not a huge fan, but baby LOVED it!  I had to sit there for an hour after before getting my blood drawn and baby was moving and kicking the whole time.

How am I feeling? Like I’m in my third trimester.  Tired, cranky, and my lower back kills me by the end of the day.  Hopefully the iron supplements will help with the fatigue and the exercise will help with the lower back pain.  The easiest tasks, such as bending over to tie my boots, is becoming a challenging task.  Hubs went to third shift just in time.  Sleeping through the night is becoming nonexistent and I am most comfortable sleeping alone {Sorry love}.  Besides the ailments that the third trimester brings, I am loving the acrobatic show going on in my stomach.  It is both weird and amazing at the same time to watch that little baby move from one side of my stomach to the other.

What’s baby up to this week?  According to The Bump, baby’s about the size of an eggplant.  Baby weighs about 2.5 lbs and is about 14.8 inches.  Baby is busy this week putting on layers of fat.  Baby is also super busy moving around in there.  Sometimes if I’m just sitting at my desk at work or laying on the couch at home, I’ll lightly press back and baby pushes back in response 🙂 I LOVE it! I have a playful little buddy in there.

As time is drawing nearer, I’m getting more anxious to know whether we’re having a little Maria or a little LC 🙂 Everyone keeps asking, “How come you don’t want to know?!?” I DO want to know!!!  I just don’t want to have to hear it from the ultrasound tech who had zero personality.  As much as I do want to know, I want that big moment and payoff in the delivery room after labor more.  I want my husband to be the one to tell me “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!”

28 Week facts:

Weight gained so far: 21 lbs                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Things to do before baby: Book baby moon/anniversary trip, finish wedding album, finish nursery projects

One thing I will try never to do after baby’s born?  Complain about my body, size, the way that I look etc.  As much as I’ve enjoyed watching my body change for the amazingness that is about to happen, it’s also difficult to watch the scale go up that high and watch your belly get bigger, especially in the summer time when everyone else is getting fit.  I do love my growing belly don’t get me wrong, but I also remember thinking my pre-baby body could use some work.  If I could, I’d slap that girl in the face right now.


7 weeks

This weekend, we have our first baby shower!  LC’s family is throwing us one in Chicago and my mom is giving us one in Wisconsin a few weeks later.  Baby Campbell is VERY lucky 🙂




Good evening!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  It was a drill weekend for me, so it was pretty uneventful.  Yesterday after work, hubs and I met up with some friends at the zoo.  A girlfriend of mine is a radiology tech at a local hospital and her job was giving them an employee appreciation night at the zoo.  She had some extra wristbands and invited us along.  We had a lot of fun catching up and seeing the animals, but I forgot how big the Milwaukee County Zoo was!  It was great exercise but I was definitely ready for bed by the time we got home.

Something GREAT happened this weekend…my job finally became permanent!  The applications came back and it was between me and one other person, who was just as qualified as me even though I’ve been in the position for the last 6 months.  I was a little bit nervous for the interview, but I did pretty well.  It’s such a relief knowing that I have a permanent full-time job in WI.

Tonight, we dined in the celebrate the good news.  I wanted to enjoy dinner on the patio and just take it easy tonight, so I prepped while hubs grilled.  I decided to give stuffed chicken a try.  I cut the chicken breasts lengthwise making sure not to cut all the way through (just about 1/2 way) and created a “pocket” out of the chicken breast.  Then I rubbed some olive oil on them so that they wouldn’t stick to the grill.

After that,  I filled it with crumbled feta, olives, and seasoned it with garlic powder, pepper, and Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning.  LC grilled the chicken along side asparagus & zucchini.  Dinner was muy bueno!  We ate outside while listen to Today’s country hits on Pandora.  My idea of a perfect summer evening 🙂

I’m off to get working on our wedding album (something I have to finish before baby arrives!) and cuddle with this little guy 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your evening!