Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

After eight or nine trips overseas, Andrew and I are pretty seasoned travelers.  With each trip, we learn something new that will improve our experience, such as having the right footwear or packing less and keeping our bags light.  When we first started traveling in 2007, we didn’t dream of buying toiletries in-country and the thought of renting a car didn’t even cross our minds.  Now, we don’t think anything of popping into a pharmacy for toothpaste (In fact, it’s fun!) and we can’t imagine NOT having our own vehicle, at least for part of any trip.  But, this year’s voyage across the ocean was going to be a little different with me being pregnant (into my third trimester), and I wanted to be as prepared as possible.

Now that I’m back, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about traveling while pregnant based on my own experience. Continue reading “Tips for Traveling While Pregnant”

life update – a list

The blog has been a bit quiet for awhile.  TOO quiet.  A lot has happened since my last post, and perhaps the best way to bring everyone up to speed is a simple list.

  1.  I quit my job.  (I figured I’d start with the biggie.)  There are A LOT of what I’ll call ‘peripheral’ reasons for leaving my position, but perhaps the biggest is simply TIME.  I went into the job interview hoping the position was part-time, and decided to give full-time a try anyway, seeing as there would be no commute.  Unfortunately, it was too much (again, for a variety of reasons), and these last eight months or so have been incredibly stressful for Andrew and me.  I still have four weeks until I’m finished, but at least the stress of making the decision and telling my boss is over.
  2. I went to Boston for the marathon! I didn’t run, but after watching the race and being only EIGHT minutes away from qualifying (once I turn 35 next month), it’s definitely on my bucket list.  More on this later.
  3. Speaking of running, training hasn’t been going so well.  I’m running a half at the end of May (Buffalo, on my birthday!), and I just haven’t gotten into it.  I know I can do the distance, and I won’t be setting any land-speed records, but I would have liked to have been a bit more diligent.  I suppose I do have four weeks to turn it around…
  4. Continuing with the running theme, Andrew and I made our annual trip to Carmel, IN, for Easter and I ended up running on the marathon course!  Unbeknownst to me, the Carmel Marathon, Half, 8k and 5k were happening that Saturday, just as I set out on my run to the Monon Trail.  If only I’d known…
  5. I miss reading.  I see MANY books in my future this summer.
  6. Spring has barely sprung around these parts.  We’ve had a few (emphasis on few) nice days so far, but it was legitimately SNOWING this morning.  We’ve all started referring to this season as ‘never-ending winter,’ and we are SO READY for higher temps.
  7. I meal-prepped this afternoon for the first time in like four weeks.  Seriously. Between Andrew’s work trips, other travel and simple busy-ness, we’ve been eating out and subsisting on leftovers throughout the week for awhile now.  (We hit a new low last night: week-old Pizza Hut pizza.)  I missed cooking so much, I didn’t even mind the dishes.
  8. I also miss blogging.  I see more blog posts in my future, too.
  9. I’ve been eating WAY TOO MUCH sugar.  There, I said it.  Now I should do something about it.
  10. We have A TON to do around our house and the yard this year.  We didn’t plan a vacation this summer (because of my job), and while we are lamenting the lack of a European trip right about now, I think we’re both ready to get our hands dirty outside.  First up: finishing up the fence project.  Our patio is surrounded by white cedar privacy fencing, and we’ll finish the rest of the yard with black wrought iron fencing, both for the aesthetic and ease of installation.  Andrew’s already been outside, putting down new dirt and having the lawn rolled in preparation for summer.

it’s been awhile & a list

It really HAS been awhile.  Three months and eighteen days since my last post.  No excuse, really, except that the summer seemed to vanish before my very eyes.  (I suppose that happens when you spend one month of it in a foreign country and another with your head buried in a book studying.  When I came up for air, it was August. Gasp!)

LOTS of things going on in the Layer household this summer…and I can’t wait to tell you all about them.  Briefly. (Otherwise, we’d be here all day.)

  1. France Trip: It was fabulous.  I have a draft in here with a bunch of photos I intended to post when we got home…except that all the photos were the exact same ones that have already appeared on Facebook and I got busying studying for my test. Andrew and I diligently sorted his approximately 6,058 photos into a ‘highlights reel’ that we haven’t managed to show anyone, not to mention picking out the ones we need to get printed.  (Not that we’ve managed to sort and print the pictures from our Italy trip two years ago, either.) It will happen, one day, perhaps by Christmas.
  2. RD Exam: I passed!  I can’t believe I didn’t blog about this.  I did, however, post to Facebook.

The test was way harder than I anticipated it would be, and while I scored well, it certainly didn’t seem like it at the time.  In fact, during the entire test I thought it was just as likely that I was failing as I was passing.  And the ‘security measures’ they put you through certainly don’t help; I was photographed, finger-printed, forbidden to bring anything but my driver’s license into the test with me and denied my water bottle. The horror!  By the time I was finished, I was a nervous, sweaty, dehydrated mess.  The proctor handed me a folded-up paper with my score and I couldn’t bring myself to turn it over…until I accidentally dropped it while fumbling for the key to the locker they make you put everything in.  I saw the word ‘congratulations!’ and allowed myself to breathe.  It was all over.

3.  I was in a wedding.  Actually, Andrew and I both were.  One of Andrew’s work buddies, Jon, got married to Stacey this July at Belhurst Castle in Seneca Falls, NY.  Factoid: Seneca Falls was the model city behind the famous ‘Bedford Falls’ of It’s a Wonderful Life fame.  So cute.  I love her, we love them, I loved my dress and we can’t believe they’re moving to Rochester.  Sad.

4. Just days after my test, in August, we flew to Florida for a few days to join the rest of Andrew’s family on vacation at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.  Both Captiva and Sanibel Islands are so cute and charming.  It was such a relief to go on the trip after passing my test–I could finally relax and really enjoy myself.  Below is the view from our villa (we had our own balcony with a table and chairs where I spent every morning reading), and below that is the ocean from my perch on a lounge chair by the pool.  Florida is ungodly hot and muggy, but there is no where I’d rather be for a beach vacation.

  5.  I’m on book number FIVE since passing the exam.  I love to read, and it’s been so hard to find the time these past few years with school.  I really enjoyed A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer (get the tissues!) and Days of Awe by Lauren Fox. Picking up my next one today!

6.  We’re projecting.  Again.  We’ve been at it all summer.  I’ll need to do a separate post with photos to do it justice, but our new deck/patio/partial fence project has enlarged in scope to include a new ‘roof’ for our cellar door opening and extensive drainage for the yard.  We just finished the french drain and new gutters and picked out our stone and deck wood today, so that’s exciting.  I’ve also tackled perhaps 60% of our landscaping…and it has taken all darn summer.  After doing barely the bare minimum in terms of yard work, no joke, for the last three years, I certainly had my work cut out for me. Again, I’ll need to do a separate post with photos.  I finally finished a giant bed on the side of the house and am very happy with how it turned out.  I’m already excited for more landscaping next summer once we finish the fence in the back and tear out the awful bushes in the front.

7.  I protested!  As I’m sure all of you are aware, Planned Parenthood is under some major scrutiny after it came out that not only are they taking the lives of unborn babies, they’re profiting from the sale of their body parts as well.  A good friend organized a group of us to go to Buffalo and protest Aug. 22, along with others locally and nationally.  My picture even made the paper!  I was trained to be a crisis pregnancy volunteer in Ohio before we moved, and I’ve always felt called to this area of service.  I’m hoping to get involved by offering nutritional counseling to pre- and post-natal women at one of our local centers.

8.  I have a job!  My first day of work was yesterday.  I am a nutrition counselor at Weigel Health Center on the Buffalo State campus.  It’s part-time and I really like it.  I did it as a student this past spring, and now that I’m official, I get paid more and no one has to sign my notes (sweet).  While I’d like to work in a hospital part-time as well, I’m appreciating the downtime right now after four busy years in school, a very busy summer and while we’re still elbow-deep in our summer-turned-fall project.

9.  Writing: I’m stepping away from my traditional freelancing with the Advertiser, but am picking up a monthly nutrition column.  I think was starting to get a little burned out on the features and really need to focus my time and energy on nutrition-related endeavors, writing and otherwise.  I am, however, SUPER excited about the nutrition column.  It will be a Q&A format, which I’m also excited about.  It will appear later this month in our hometown paper, the East Aurora Advertiser.

10. Big changes are coming to the blog!  Now that I’m an OFFICIAL Registered Dietitian, I’d like to take the blog in a more nutrition-focused direction, and use it to further my professional writing. I’m actually having a friend who works in her company’s web/graphic arts department to help me get going tonight!  I’m really excited for a new look and purpose to the blog!