We Are Alive!

Wow, it’s been too long.

Have I STILL not blogged about our last November trip to London? Maybe I’ll get to it before our next November trip, ha! Mom-ing ain’t easy ya’ll.

I’m pretty sure my last post included a photo of me looking pretty decent in a gym mirror in Bremerhaven. Well…. that ended quickly because I’m currently 20 weeks pregnant and feeling like a f’ing moose. Yep — baby kuhn #2 coming early December!

The happiest big sister ever!

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A lot has happened since my last post, which was around Christmas time. Shortly after Christmas we were walking through the mall when Jerry got the phone call he had worked so so so hard for. A new team called wanting to sign Jerry for this upcoming season. We were in shock, it was really early but Jerry was having an incredible season that was not going unnoticed…. we were so excited!

That team was, Wolfsburg (Germany)!

It was so unbelievably hard to keep this secret for so long!

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Speaking of hockey — Jerry and the Fischtown Pinguins made some serious history! It was their first year in the league and they made it to playoffs. Something I’m sure no one saw coming at the beginning of the season. On top of making playoffs, Jerry was nominated for Goalie of The Year! We were so proud of him. That last month of hockey was something special and something I will truly never forget. So many happy tears and a lot of f-bombs during games. It made Bremerhaven that much harder to say goodbye too. Our last week in B-haven was emotional and full of tough “see ya laters”… it holds a lot of special things for us, Andi has grown up there for two years, we found our best friends there, and Jerry played his first full DEL season there. We will miss you fischy town but you are just a hop skip and jump away. ❤

THE BEST FANS — we rocked that rink so hard those last few weeks!

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Last game of the season with my girls.

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And to end the season….. Uncle Jerry & Harbor Rae Lampl-Kuhn. The best of friends, forever.

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Our summer flew by but here are a few highlights:

-Uncle DJ Graduated from WMU

-Andi went to her first Tigers game

-ANDI TURNED TWO!

-Jerry won his second GOLD medal with team USA inline!

  • -Jerry and I celebrated FOUR years of marriage!

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In very very very short, that brings us to now. A few days ago we packed 5 hockey bags, 1 carry on, 3 back packs, 2 car seats, 2 strollers and a dog and we hopped on a plane to Wolfsburg! It was so hard to say goodbye to my family and friends that have grown so close to Andi this summer. Luckily we have people in our life who understand our journey.

Here’s to our SIXTH year in Europe. 

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We are so excited to be here and looking forward to making many good memories here in Wolfsy! So far we have had a very warm welcome from the Grizzly staff and team/families. ❤

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I’ll try to keep in touch. I have no idea how I even found the time to write this. I miss this little space! August will be a very busy month for Jer and we won’t be seeing much of him as his preseason schedule is stacked. Andi will be heading back to school next week and I’ll be hopefully heading into a gym….or my bed, a girl can dream though.

Be good to us hockey season, auf gehts!

— Amanda xo

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Back In Germany!

We are so happy to be back in Germany. It’s always nice to be home in the summer to see our family and friends (especially now that we have Andi) but to be honest, it’s a lot of work. I always feel like were being pulled in 500 directions trying to see everyone and fit everything in before it’s time to pack up and head out again. Life at home can be a bit stressful but gosh, do I love Sunday dinners at my parents house! That makes it all worth it. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

One of my favorite pics from summer: My Crew ❤

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I think we were mostly happy to be in Germany after that terrible flight with a one year old. I rather poke my eyeballs out than go through that ever again … but I better get used to it. Andi did great for the first 2-3 hours… but then she was basically up for the next 10 hours. :insert cry face here:… tears were shed, and not from just Andi.

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We obviously couldn’t wait to be reunited with our Lampl girls! We ran over to their apartment as soon as we got back.

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It was so nice to come back to our same apartment. Everything just the way we left it, it makes for a MUCH easier transition. The easiest we’ve ever had for sure. There was no stress of finding a grocery store, buying all the essentials (soaps, laundry detergent, etc.) it was all here!

We brought back a lot of Andi’s books from our baby shower – they are so special because inside is a special message from people that came to the shower. So that makes us smile when we open them each time!

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The team management put on a special lunch for all the guys and families last week. It was at one of our favorite places here in Bremerhaven, so that was a plus! It was good to meet the new faces and see some old familiar faces too.

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I had to snap a family pic since it’s probably the first time I put on real pants and did my hair since we got here! (haha)

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On Monday Andi started “krippe” (which is essentially like day care in America). She will only be going a couple of days a week right now from 9-1130 (for now)… She really has loved it so far but it’s throwing off her schedule quite a bit. Usually by 9 Andi is down for her first nap and right now were getting to school then. So, to say shes exhausted by 11:30 is an understatement. Yesterday was the first day they had me actually leave her. I left at 10 and she was there all alone like a big girl! I knew she’d do just fine because she LOVES other kids and plays really well. And is one of 8 kids in her “classroom” and is the youngest by one month. There are three teachers in every classroom which is amazing. I think this is going to be wonderful for Andi! I haven’t had a second to cry because I haven’t really “dropped” her off and left… I’m sure that day is coming.

Andi is starting to take more steps on her own. Finally.. not that I was ever in a rush but it’s been frustrating for her. So we are excited about that and have been practicing a lot! Her teacher told me she was “walking all over” but I’ll assume we were lost in translation. Haha! When Andi isn’t at school or taking a nap.. she loves being outside and playing at the park. No surprise, the kid has loved fresh air since day one. Remember… she used to only nap outside? So glad that has changed.

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We needed a break from cooking at home so we headed downtown the other day. We went a little early to take a stroll by the water. It was a windy afternoon! The weather here has been shit.. for lack of a better word. Last year around this time it was still summer. I was so excited to take Andi to the beach when we got back but it doesn’t look like that will be happening. Boo! Oh well.. They say were getting some warm weather next week. I’ll take anything warmer then 55-60 like we’ve had!

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The boys preseason is in full swing. Which means two-a-days .. which means I feel like single mom, professional dog walker. Next weekend the boys head to denmark for some preseason games and the following weekend they head to Belfast! (jealous? yes! me too.) Wish me luck on those weekends alone. I’ll need A LOT of coffee.

Until next time….

Andi turns ONE!

Baby You’re a Firework.

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So, this post is a bit late. Almost a month to be exact but we had a busy month of July! The most important event being, Baby Andi turned ONE!

We celebrated for almost an entire week. Celebrating her birthday the weekend before her actual birthday with family and friends at our summer house. It was a blast, except it was almost 100 degrees!

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For Andi’s actual birthday weekend we ended up in Frankenmuth, Michigan with my parents. The cutest little German town right in Michigan! We love it there and I’m happy to start a tradition of taking Andi there for her birthday weekend as my parents took me and my brothers at least once a year when we were little! It was so nice to share it with my parents and little brother. They spent a lot of time with Andi this summer and it was so great to see them each create a special bond with Andi. Let me tell you, she brings out a side of my dad I’ve never seen before! So sweet.

Andi and her boys! (minus DJ)

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We finished off Andi’s birthday week at Devil’s lake with one more celebration and one more cake!

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The real question is.. can I have a birthday week like this chick? We love you so much Andi and I’d celebrate you every day.. and I do. Some days I wish you could stay little but watching you grow is just as special.

Thank you to our photographer and friend, Kristen Medina (Candy Pixels Photography) for Andi’s amazing birthday photo shoot. You are amazing!

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It’s hard to believe a year has passed since we’ve brought you into this world. Love you Baby Andi. (Yes, we are going to call you that even when you’re 20, I think). ❤

We just arrived back in Germany and are getting settled in but I had a few down minutes and wanted to post this. Stay tuned for another exciting year of our life overseas!

Baby Andi – 9 and 10 months!

I’m going to do my best to pick up where I left off! I can’t believe we have a nearly 11 month old baby but not to rush.. we have catching up to do first!

Unfortunately Jerrys season ended a little earlier than expected. Which is never fun. Nonetheless, we are so proud of him and all of his hard work this season!

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Some things we did before we left Germany!

We celebrated Jerry’s 30th Birthday with the help of my wonderful friend, Ellie. There’s actually a really funny story about Jerry’s birthday. I wish I still had photo proof. True Life, I’m that crazy hockey wife. I wanted to decorate Jerry’s stall since 30 is kind of a big deal. BUT he had a game on his birthday. I lied and said I was going to the grocery store but really went to the rink. I decorated Jerry’s stall in all this crazy 30th Birthday decorations only to.. tear it all down. I got extremely sweaty and panicked and I freaked. I got the worst feeling and my superstitions took over so, I tore it all down and pretended like it never happened. I was so worried that if they lost it would have been my fault for touching Jerry’s stall. This.. is my life in a nutshell. After a few days I finally confessed to Jerry. He laughed but then told me how happy he was that I tore it down. Happy Birthday!

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We celebrated easter with our hockey family!

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We enjoyed one more day trip to our favorite little town – Bremen. We needed one more trip to Vapiano’s with our Lampl crew. The girls enjoyed their carbs, per usual!

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We had an entire week full of warmth and sunshine before we left. It was amazing… only to return to Detroit and have cold and snow.

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Andi started crawling right before we left to come home. Of course the first real crawl happened while Jerry was gone on a road trip!

She turned 9 months a couple days before we flew home.

NINE MONTHS:

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She celebrated with one of her favorites that her dad makes, sweet potatoes and beets! We let her make a mess.

Andi and Papa were excited to use the “euro line” at customs with their cool German passports. Don’t worry, I get to go with them and skip the long US line in Germany with my cool Germans!

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I would say the flight went as good as it could. It could have been worse for sure. I don’t think it’s ever going to be as enjoyable as flying alone… ha! We just had to do a lot to keep her occupied.. and asleep. Everyone is making noise and Andi is that baby that needs her own space. So, not a lot of sleep happened but we made it!

Andi has got to “meet” a lot of people since being home. Considering she was 4 weeks when we left it’s like meeting everyone over again. We stayed at my parents like we always do until we got settled into our summer place. The time change was a little rough at first but we adjusted after 5 or so days. It went better than I expected. When we first got home it was pretty tough, Andi didn’t want to go to anyone, especially if I was anywhere in the room. She is slowly but surely getting better with other adults holding her.

We have a lot of little parks around our house and Andi is loving the swing and sunshine!

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We ended up taking Andi to the doctor here to get her shot record updated. The State of Michigan kept sending letters telling me to vaccinate my child, haha. She is but clearly all her shots have been done in Germany!

TEN MONTHS:

WEIGHT: 22 LBS

HEIGHT: 28 INCHES

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Since when we left for Germany baby Andi was a tad “under weight” the doctor was so happy to see that she clearly doesn’t miss a meal and is very healthy!

Things andi is doing: copying things other people do (facial expressions, “yelling”, talking), standing (going from table to couch, not standing alone), got her first two teeth FINALLY!, giggling lots, points to Miika and says “dog”… (it’s crazy cute). Puts phone up to her ear and acts like she’s talking.

Dislikes: When I leave the room (this is not cute, its awful), car rides, getting her diaper changed.

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Last week we “surprised” our friends in Idaho for a visit! We packed up and headed there on short notice and I’m so glad we did. It was the perfect most refreshing trip. You all know how much I love Idaho. My love grew even more while we were there. I truly hope that we get to live there after hockey. It just feels like the perfect place to put down our roots. Jerry pretend he doesn’t love it like I do, but he does. He was even checking out houses online the night before we left! WIN! 😉

Jerry’s bestie, Harbor only had a little idea that we were coming and was waiting on her balcony when we pulled up. She was SO surprised and so excited!

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It is so crazy to see Andi and Indy growing up together. I don’t know what we’ll do when the day comes we won’t always be together (they are also in Germany with us for the hockey season). We took Andi and Indy out to a field for some pretty photos. They are totally the cutest best friends!

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Now we are just continuing to enjoy our summer and watching Andi grow. We have a lot coming up for her – baptism & first birthday party! I’m missing Europe lots and can’t wait to be back and hopefully enjoy some sunshine before Jerry’s training starts. I love being home with my family and catching up with old friends but Europe is home for us after all these years. ❤

I have my first “friend” wedding Saturday. We are looking forward to a mommy & daddy night out. Except… should be interesting for my poor mom. Andi still “doesn’t take a bottle” really. So, I’m going to owe my mom big time because I have a feeling it might me a mighty long night…

Until next time,

The Kuhns

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Baby Andi – 8 months

I know, I say it every month… but “where does the time go”? Really, where does it go. My tiny human is 8 months (and not to rush, but that means 4 months until her FIRST birthday!) Make TIME SLOW DOWN!

Since here we don’t do another doctors appointment until 1 year, I have no idea if Andi has grown in length but I’m positive she is 20+ lbs.

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Fun things: Andi is “talking” … Yes, “da da” was her first word. She is getting on her knees and preparing to crawl (until she falls flat on her belly and starts screaming for us, haha!) Likes to use her hands to “wave”. She “growls” for fun and is starting to play “peek a boo”.  She’s doing great at swimming, kicking her feet and “jumping” to mommy into the pool!

Other things: Andi is in a definite clingy stage. Cries if I leave the room. Loves her daddy but if she sees me she lunges (lol). Everyone loves that Andi always has a smile on her face. Still not a long napper and enjoys her cat naps. 2 or 3 throughout the day which is fine because she sleeps through the night with the occasional waking up to nurse (which is fine because I HATE pumping!). Andi is still breastfed exclusively, not eating a lot of purees and has now moved on to a more “baby led weaning” type of eating. She eats whatever I prepare for her.. loves sweet potatoes, papaya and beets… and bread (typical german girl).

February flew by. 

I had the cutest Valentine. Jerry and I have never celebrated Valentines Day but now we kind of have a reason to make it a day full of extra love! Jerry was on the road but we sent him lots of pictures.

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We had a visitor this month! Andi’s great-grandma came to see us. We had a great time and made a lot of memories. We even took her to our new favorite city, Amsterdam! She loved it.

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Jerry always gives Andi “spider man” kisses and… I think she’s caught on. I love being this little monkeys mama!

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Andi loves our lunch/dinner dates with daddy. She sits at the table our entire meal and goes through lots of snacks, banging spoons, and chats our ears off.

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She was so great on our trip to Amsterdam. I think she will be quite the travel bug when she is older. Enjoys being out and about in her stroller! She is a little “nosy” and doesn’t like to miss a beat. So lucky to have this cute travel pal on my side!

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This picture is so important to me. I know breastfeeding can be a touchy subject (I don’t know why)… it should be positive talk. 8 months of BF through dinners, hockey games, long nights. I never thought we’d make it past one month but here we are. We deserve a pat on the back, Andi. I love this bond with you and I’m forever thankful I’ve been able to give this to you. ❤

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We finished off February and started the Month of March with Jerry’s last regular season game before playoffs start. Andi no longer sleeps a wink at daddy’s games I used to get her to sleep at least a period in her stroller. It can be tiring (especially Friday night games) but we are here to support Mr. Kuhn and that’s what were going to do! He wants his girls there in the stands, how could we say no?! Andi (ask the fans) sits on my lap, smiling and “flirting” with everyone around us. She seriously loves watching! But I think her favorite part is seeing her papa after a big win…

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Here’s to a good March & playoff go! We are ready to support our #35 and the rest of the Pinguins! Send them good luck wishes and keep them in your prayers. 

March will be a very busy month for us and I have a feeling by the next month update I’ll be telling you Andi is on the move! I’m going to be soaking up every minute with her because I feel like time is just flying every, single, day.

We are off on a mini “vacation” before playoffs start. Excited to see old friends and enjoy a nice massage. But mostly excited to relax with my little fam! Miika is going to be so excited when she realizes where were going…

Until next month… XO

Baby Andi – 6 Months … Going on 7!

How is this baby half a year old already?

Actually in 10 days we will have a 7 month old already! Wow! Last week Andi had her 6 month shots and check up! It was on a Monday (daddy’s day off) so he was able to join us. Andi didn’t like shots in both thighs but I’m sure she is secretly happy we are done with shots until we get back to Germany in July!

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6 Month Check up & Shots!

6 MONTH STATS:

Weight: 19 LBS!

Length: 25.5 Inches

Diaper Size: 4+ (lol)

Clothes: Andi is mostly in 9 month PJ’s and 6-9 “clothes” (onesies, t-shirts, leggings)

Fun things: sitting up alone, grabbing toys, eating fun snacks, loves watching her dog, passed first session of swim classes and is on to her 6 month-12 month classes next week!

Andi’s schedule: (currently, since we all know babies love to switch it up) Andi goes down around 7 or 8 PM, sleeps until around 4-430 wakes up to nurse and hang for a little then back to sleep until 8-9 AM. After this we pretty much do a “eat, play, sleep” routine… naps aren’t frequent and haven’t been almost ever, but I’m starting to see a better nap routine. Mix in a few walks with the pup in there too! Andi loves naping in her stroller.

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First day in her big girl seat of her stroller!

Andi still can’t find a bottle that she likes to drink boob milk out of so that has been stressful. Probably the most difficult thing so far. It would be much easier if she would take a bottle so I know for a fact she’d be fine alone with Jerry for a little bit. But, table foods and purees can do the trick too. I made it to my first gym class this week and it was amazing! Were going to try for me 2-3 days a week for now. Since, I also have Andi’s swim class once a week.  Andi is not a big “food” eater… she relies mostly on my breasts and food is just fun for her. She has her days when she will eat a whole cup of veggies or fruits and other days she will not touch it.

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Some days babies just want to nap on their mamas! ❤

We were at Ikea a couple of weeks ago and Andi was being a bit fussy. I thought, let’s try out the cart… oh boy, she LOVED it.

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We also had a visitor last week! V came to see us and spend a few days with us. She comes to visit every season since we met back in Ljubljana. This year was a bit different but we still managed to have some fun with a baby in tow! In a couple of weeks my grandma is coming to stay with us for 10 days! That will be so nice. Wish my mom was joining her but she wasn’t able to swing it this season.

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This big girl started sitting up alone and loves playing on the floor with her toys. In the morning she “watches” 20 minutes of Nursery Rhymes from Baby Genius (keep comments to yourself about baby watching TV). She LOVES listening to people sing (especially her swim teacher) and it keeps her occupied for a whole 20 minutes! That means I can make my breakfast and coffee and then scarf it down. 🙂  She loves her Jolly Jumper (seriously, life save… get one ASAP for your baby!)

Every day I’m learning new things about Andi and myself. We have great days and we have bad days (like so bad I think she never wants a sibling 😉 haha). She has definitely changed my entire life, in the best way. Watching her and her papa love on each other is the best. I remember that first month and thinking “how am I going to do this” and now here I’am almost 7 months later… I may not have it all figured out but I think I got it down! Most days I don’t get out of my yoga pants or brush my hair and I only put on make up on game days but that is totally okay with me.

With my pregnancy brain turning into mom brain I decided to buy a journal, to write everything down. Just like I did when I was pregnant. I hate thinking “wait, when did Andi do ____ again”? and not being able to remember when she did it last. I’m excited to have a journal to look back on for all of these memories (aside from this blog) but there are things I just rather not share on here and keep to myself!

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This cute bonnet is from “Briar Handmade”.  My GF here is obsessed with them and has slowly passed her obsession on to me! We love them.

Cheers to another month of growing and learning – full of giggles, smiles, tears and long nights.

We love you baby Andi.

Now, off to nap and the bath time before daddy’s hockey game! Go Pinguins!

Stay tuned for what this little nugget is up to next! ❤

3 vs 1 – It’s A Girl!

Yupp. It’s true… baby Kuhn is a girl.

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Our baby shower was this past weekend and Jerry was dying to reveal what we are having. I gave in because he asked so nicely… 150 times. I found this cute sign at Micheal’s for $7.00. We put it in a gift bag and my girlfriend handed it to us as the last gift (she was in on the secret). We pulled out the sign and everyone started going wild! No one thought we were having a girl, except my grandma and my mother in law. Even strangers that my mom would ask in public when I was with her, told her boy. So, she was so convinced. Now, I’m glad we revealed because seeing everyone’s faces and happiness was truly the best thing ever.

The day we found out we were having a girl (feels like forever ago) was incredible. I have always selfishly prayed for a “family like mine”. A girl first, two boys after. However, God is probably going to use this as pay back and give me three girls because I was such a horrible teenager and my mother prays on it daily. It’s okay, I deserve it. I think naturally any guy hopes for a little boy but there is nothing like a dad and his daughter. Jerry’s so in love already, I can’t wait until she actually arrives. He jokes about having 3 women in the house now (me, miika and baby) but secretly I think he’s in love with the fact that he has three women to cater too.

Of course now that we announced the gender everyone is wanting to know a name. Stop. You aren’t getting it. Wasn’t the gender enough? Let me have a secret peeps! 😉

Our shower was amazing. As most people know, Jerry and I did not have a wedding. So, my mom wanted to make sure our shower was extra special. She really out did herself and made it so amazing. She hates that my favorite colors are black and white and that I’m a control freak… but we made it work…. together. ❤

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Told you she did awesome.

I can’t thank her enough for making Jerry and I feel so special! Also to everyone else that helped that day and to everyone that ‘welcomed’ baby Kuhn to the world. You made us feel so loved and special! XO


Does it feel like I’ve been pregnant forever?

Everyone here at home says, “wow that flew by”. Naturally because they’ve only got to spend about 2 months of my pregnancy with me. It’s no secret I’ve loved being pregnant but DAMN. Has it felt like 2 years. I think it’s mostly because I got pregnant at the beginning of our hockey season. So it felt like a life time (in hockey seasons).

I have continued to feel really great through my third trimester. Miika and I get up every morning at 6:30 and do our morning walk before I head to work and then again with Jerry after work! I firmly believe that staying active (even though I dropped the weights around 26 weeks) has left me feeling amazing pretty much my whole pregnancy. The only complaint I have is, sleep. What is sleep? No idea. These bags under my eyes tell the same story. A few weeks back I started my weekly NST’s (non stress tests). So, I get to see my aunt (who is my nurse) twice a week! 🙂 Now I also see the doctor for a visit once a week since I hit 35 weeks. Last week we had a growth ultra sound to see where baby is at. Head is down and in position. Estimated weight was 6.4 but who knows now! I was a big baby, so I’m wondering if this baby is going to be my mini me and also be 9 lbs. It was Jerry’s first time back to the doctor with me since we got home from Italy. Baby was playing with her (her/she still sound weird to me!) toes and had both hands and feet on my left side during my ultra sound. It was cute! It’s been awhile since we seen her face because usually during ultra sounds she likes to cover her face. Not this time around! And boy were we shocked. She has turned into her daddy! Which I don’t mind. Since he has the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen and cute chubby cheeks.

Blowing kisses!

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Next week I will be checked to see if I’m dilated at all and how I’m progressing!

I had my maternity photos done a few weeks ago. They aren’t all finished yet but my sneak peeks were amazing! A huge shout out to Amanda @ SKP! I’m 33.5 weeks in my maternity photos.

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LOVE! Can’t wait for the rest… especially the ones with Miika and Jerry.

I feel like Jerry and I never stop going. We had different plans of course and for awhile I was making Sunday’s “our days” where we just spend time at home. It’s nearly impossible with family wanting to see you while you are home for three months. I’m constantly feeling the need to please everyone but I know I should be thankful for all the family we have.

We are always up to something…

We got to spend Memorial Weekend at my girlfriends lakehouse and finally catch some sun. You don’t realize how pale the Italian alps make you until you get your first sun of the summer. Holy burnt. It was a great, relaxing time with friends and family.

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I was a tropper and stayed out with these party animals until 2 am!

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My little brother graduated 8th grade (and I forgot my dad’s birthday…which was the same day…pregnancy brain).

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Baby and I got to jam at Taylor Swift with Aunt Lola…. star struck like a 10 year old.

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We got our new set of wheels! Hooray! Miika and I are going to be practicing this whole baby + dog thing the next 3 weeks.

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Now is just a waiting game on baby! We can’t wait to meet her. Well, first I need to get my hospital bag packed. It’s on my weekend to do list. Then she can come! 🙂 I just wanted to get caught up a little bit and blog about a few things I hope to never forget. I will be sad to say “bye” to my first pregnancy (to the point it makes me an emotional mess) but I’m sure I will be so consumed then, it won’t even matter anymore.

Hope everyone is enjoying sweet summertime. XO

30 Weeks Pregnant

I’m 30 weeks pregnant!

Wow. When did that happen? I had planned to write a lot more throughout my pregnancy but life happens. Our last couple of weeks in Bruneck were quite busy with playoffs and then before we knew it we were packing up our 4th hockey home and shipping out to the USA. Since being home we’ve been busy with seeing familiar faces and I Jumped right back in to work. The week we returned home I turned 25. Yep. That happened. I turned 25. My mom, little brother, grandparents, Jerry and I had dinner at my favorite pizza place – Buddy’s. My mom surprised me with specially made cupcakes (because I hate Birthday cake). I had a carrot cake one because my mom is the best and remembered me saying a few days earlier that I was craving carrot cake? I didn’t even remember. But, totally something my mom would remember. She’s pretty awesome. Jerry also had a birthday right before we moved home, the big guy is officially 29!

So much has changed in these last ten weeks since I last wrote about my pregnancy.

22 weeks!

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22 weeks was about the first week I even looked slightly pregnant. Unless people knew themselves, no one had any idea I was carrying a baby around in there. I could still get away with pretending that was not a human baby but a “food baby”. At 22 weeks I was still hitting the weights and cardio with Jerry. It has really helped with my pregnancy (or so I believe). My dreams were getting more and more crazy/vivid at this point. I was waking up almost every night around 3 or 4 in the morning to eat, because I was starving. Baby Kuhn and I would sit up in bed, enjoying a bowl of whatever cereal I craved that week, watching soon to be daddy and big sister snore away. There was something about that hour in the middle of the night that I secretly loved. I felt like the whole world was asleep, everything was so quiet. It was just me, the baby and this bowl of cereal. I’d look over at Jerry and Miika snuggled away in dream land and think of how lucky we all are and how awesome life is about to get. My cereal addiction/late night waking up to eat ended at about 24/25 weeks.

Around 24 weeks I really started feeling baby kuhn kick me. I had a little before but this little baby really started making a move around then! I could never get Jerry to catch the moves and kicks at first. The first time he did was so funny. Like, we actually laughed really hard. Jerry had his hand on my stomach and the baby kicked… and Jerry goes, “WOAH!!!!” and just started giggling. Baby was moving A LOT at Jerry’s hockey games, I’m assuming from all of the noise. Also, when I’m working out. At this point I was still feeling pretty amazing, not many complaints. One of the only things I can remember from this time frame was cooking Jerry’s lunch made me so sick. The smell of cooking chicken/pork was killer! So strange. Miika and I were enjoying our last weeks with our mountain views on our morning/afternoon/night walks.

16 vs. 24 weeks!

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Around 26 weeks, right before we left Bruneck I started to show more. There was no question that I was pregnant now! I started getting more smiles from strangers at the gym when they would look down and see my belly. Baby Kuhn was showered with a lot of gifts from our friends in Italy before leaving. Our last Sunday in Brunico we spent up on the ski mountain with friends. The sun was shining so bright and it was so warm. The perfect last day on the mountain!

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Flying home at 26 weeks was hard. I thought with how easy going my pregnancy has been it would be much easier. I wasn’t worried a bit. WRONG. It did not help that it was the worst travel day we’ve ever had. Delays, almost missed planes, stress. I had to get up almost every 30-40 minutes and walk the entire plane once we were on our long haul, 10 hour flight. My legs and feet kept falling asleep after sitting too long. The flight attendants were so helpful and ended up just giving me giant bottles of water for my flight. I was doing yoga in the kitchen areas and probably peed 155 times. Poor Jerry couldn’t stay asleep because I had to constantly get up. By the time we landed in America, I was just happy we made it home safe after all the flight/weather complications in Germany. But, the thing I will never ever look forward to in the future: flying pregnant.

28 weeks!

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Finally home. Obviously our family and friends were patiently waiting for me to get home so they could see and/or rub (UGH!!) my belly. I hate when people touch me. I’m not an affectionate person so this has been difficult. I have pretty much let everyone touch once and then I say, “okay that’s enough”. My family probably expected this from me.  Adjusting to home this spring has been harder than past years. I’m not sure why. All of the food I was craving and so excited to eat, was much less appetizing than I thought. It’s funny how much our taste buds change while overseas. I’ve been to my doctor twice now since being home. She wanted to see me for a full exam and to get all my paperwork from Italy. Then my second appointment I had to get the Rhogam shot because I have 0- blood. In two weeks I start my every two-week appointments and stress tests two days a week. I think the means we are “in the final stretch”! I’ve had a couple of people make comments, “oh aren’t you so ready to get that baby out of there”? Which I find annoying. I’ve loved being pregnant (I know I still have 9-10 weeks left and don’t know if I’ll be saying that when I’m closer) but I am in no way rushing the rest of my pregnancy or “want this baby out”. You are only pregnant the first time ONCE. So, I’m really trying to love every second. It actually makes me sad that in 10 weeks I won’t be pregnant anymore. It’s crazy when you stop to think that this will be the last time I’m ever “alone” in my life.

People are SO nice to pregnant people. That has been so funny too me. I’ll catch random strangers when I’m shopping, just smiling and looking at my stomach. No one at work let’s me pick up or move ANYTHING. Lol! You pretty much get a free pass from anything that requires “work”. I’m embracing my weekends with Jerry and Miika (possibly only 10 more left, on our own)! Saturday’s Jerry and I like to go out to dinner and maybe see some friends after. Sundays are for Tim Horton’s and grocery shopping, enjoying the sun when it decides to come out.

I have to say that I’m really disappointed in how a lot of people have acted towards me wanting to keep the baby’s gender a secret. I don’t know when it became a necessity for everyone to know what a couple is having or why it’s so hard for people to understand that I think it’s just special for Jerry and I to know. I thought it would be so fun for everyone to find out when baby Kuhn decides to make his/her debut to the world but I guess I was wrong.

I’m officially 30 weeks today and feeling pretty good! Some things I’m experiencing:

My weight gain is healthy (but really really difficult to watch go up every week). The baby is healthy (hoping he/she isn’t as big as me – 9 lbs! yikes!). Just a few days ago my ankles started to swell a little bit. My legs and feet fall asleep really quickly if I sit too long. Sleep… what is sleep? Lol! Kidding. I do sleep but I’m about every hour peeing. Probably because I drink at least a gallon of water every single day. I have to switch sides while I’m sleeping each time I wake up. Most of my weight is on my hips and I can only sleep on my sides so, after a while my side that I’ve been sleeping on starts to ache! If Jerry catches me on my back he rolls me over. Haha! I can’t remember S***. Jerry says I have mashed potato brains. I thought that was all a fluke but pregnancy brain is for real. The emotional part of pregnancy hit me this trimester. Nonetheless, I’m still feeling good and h-a-p-p-y! Miika and I walk 40 minutes every morning and at night. We aren’t quite as fast as pre-pregnancy but hey, as long as we are getting those miles in! I’m still doing a little bit of weights but not quite as much as a few weeks ago. I bought my first pair of pregnancy jeans and a couple of tops to get me through these last ten weeks. Why are maternity clothes so expensive? I guess the good part is I can fold them and store them away for the next pregnancy.

Some of my favorite things: ice cubes, slurpees, fruit and long warm showers.

The baby shower is only 5 weeks away! So excited to have my family and friends there and shower baby Kuhn! In a couple of weeks we will do my maternity photos. Hoping it warms up by then. Until then, enjoying these last 10 or so weeks as being my own person.

Jerry and I are so excited!!!! XO

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I hope to update at least one more time before baby comes. I love having all of this too look back on.

Until next time,

Amanda

Second Trimester – Baby Kuhn

I’m well into my second trimester of pregnancy, in my 17th week to be exact!

While Megan was here we had to explain trimesters to Jerry. But he wasn’t the only one that had questions! Apparently “months” in pregnancy are a really confusing thing and my aunt (whom works at my gynecologist that will be delivering baby Kuhn in America) told me to give up on months and just use weeks. It’s really confusing to go off months and everyone does it differently. I was assuming I was going into my 5th month which is technically true… if you go off “lunar months” and 10 months of pregnancy. Which, lets face it. Pregnancy is 10 months.  But, technically I’m in the middle of my fourth month if you do it off 9.5 months? I don’t know. Who is counting anyway!

16 Week gym selfie:

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So far:

I’m feeling amazing. Not here to brag at all, just here to talk about my pregnancy! My doctor says, “I’m having the perfect pregnancy”. I told him to never say that again. Lol! I can see it now… the worst last few months of a pregnancy ever. I’m having a great pregnancy and I’m so thankful for that. The first 3 months I experienced being exhausted but that was basically the only thing I experienced. That went away literally after my 12th week passed. My boobs are popping out of my bras and my face is full of acne (worse than when I first hit puberty). I mean seriously, this baby is making me ugly. My hair is thinning, not getting thicker… and is so dull. The girl that had the thickest head of hair is now lacking in that department! Isn’t is supposed to be the other way around? My feet get really tingly when I’m tired and it’s so uncomfortable. It just started recently and I have no idea why. I’ve gained 2 KG (4.5 lbs) in my first 16 weeks. The weight part of pregnancy has been my only struggle. This is just the truth.  Having my ups and downs in the weight department and struggling with eating problems since I was a teen has made it a little difficult to watch myself gain weight. Don’t worry, I know that this is for me and my baby and to keep him/her healthy. So hold your comments. Also, I eat like a moose, even more than Jerry does. So, there is no issue! Just something I am and knew I would struggle with. My doctor has assured me my weight gain is perfect. So, I’m on the right track. I still like French Toast.. a lot. Fresh fruit and chocolate. Somedays, I swear I’d drive the hour to Innsbruck just to eat Subway (if I had an automatic car, a blessing I don’t, I’d say). I don’t cry, like I thought I would. I’m not emotional. I’ve realized what matters and what doesn’t and I worry about the things that do, the rest I’ve completely dropped like a bad habit. My taste in music has changed? Is that a pregnancy symptom? My favorite part of my pregnancy? Miika sleeps with her head on my belly at least 6 nights a week, it’s so so sweet. The one other night she is usually mad at me for some reason…..

I believe that the reason I have felt so great is because I have stuck to my normal routine. I mean, on an average day Miika and I walk at least 2-3 miles. Sometimes more depending on what I have to do that day. Wednesday & Friday are always mine and Jerry’s gym day together and on Thursday’s I picked up aqua cycling with swimming. I ride my bike or walk almost anywhere I go (Well, I can’t drive a stick so… I have no choice, HA!) Most days I forget that I’m even pregnant because I have yet to really “feel pregnant”. I know those days are coming….. soon. Any day now we could feel a kick! I’m glad I’ve been able to stick to my routine and feel good enough to do all the activities that I do. I’m slowly but surely starting to notice a little bump! Jerry wakes up every morning, “is it there yet!?!?” haha! Pregnancy isn’t really going by fast for me, at all… I hear that will change soon?

Today:

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If I have one more person tell me: “Ohhhhhh stop wishing for that belly! It will come and you won’t wish that once you see the stretch marks” or “You’ll regret wishing for that belly!” … I’m going to scream. I mean, you do realize I’m pregnant right? Your belly is a part of your pregnancy. I’m sure at 38 weeks I’m going to want to take that wish back but that is different. I can’t wait for my belly! I think women and their baby belly are so beautiful! It’s such an amazing thing to see.

We had a 16 week check up a few days ago. We may or may not know what the sex is but as I’ve stated, we aren’t telling! I didn’t want to find out period…. but God, are men so impatient. If that man slips…. so help me! The baby’s name is “Sam” (just a nick name while we are pregnant). It’s unisex and will help us to not slip! A girlfriend gave me this idea and I thought, why didn’t I think of that! Great idea. The baby has two hands, two feet, two eyes. So, were pretty happy. As, healthy is what we are worried about. It was so hard to get a good ultra sound photo last week because baby was on the move! “Sam” always has it’s hands up, like a boxer… or maybe a goalie? Haha! We did get a good one of the face and all Jerry and I could see was…. NOSE! We both have such “distinct” noses. I mean, it’s so cute but it really sticks out in all the photos! After I sent the photo to my girlfriend she said, “Amanda, the baby has your chin and big cheek bones! Oh my god!”…. and I realized I didn’t notice until she said something.

Have a look:

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Watching Jerry while we are getting an ultra sound is almost as thrilling as seeing our baby up on a big screen. He is so happy and full of smiles the entire time. I swear pregnancy has made me love my husband more than I could ever imagine. I can only imagine what it will be like once the baby arrives. He’s going to be such a wonderful dad. He’s a great person in general, so I was never worried about that. We are so happy and just really trying to enjoy our last few months “alone” before that changes forever!

Our next appointment is not until February 18th but time is flying (not complaining). You know, it’s that time of the hockey season where I’m craving America. I want to go home and work, eat at our favorite places, see our friends and family, sleep in my bed and go shopping at target. Soon, very soon.  Aside from updating (very rarely on here) I’m keeping a pregnancy journal. It has been so fun! I always think… will my kid read this 40 years from now? How cool. So on some pages I put “don’t read this”. Lol! I’m literally writing about everything in there, so I can remember exactly what was going on in my life at this exact moment. Plus, there are a lot of things I’d like to write about on here but can’t and won’t be able to until after hockey. I’ve been writing things down for the past couple of years before. I decided to do that a long time ago, that way I won’t forget a thing I wanted to write about on here and wasn’t able to at that exact moment. All the good, bad, pretty and ugly.

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Anyways, that’s all I got over here!

Until next time,

Amanda XX

Milly Goes to Europe

We were super happy when Megan (AKA: Milly) sent us a text with her flight confirmation. She had been talking about coming for awhile but it wasn’t real until I saw it for myself.

Megan, for those of you who don’t know her, is one of my best friends. We’ve actually known each other since the super star basketball days but we became really close through college and especially after. My husband sort of loves her too. Whats not too love?

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We drove to Munich to pick megan up. I was supposed to go alone but Jerry said he was “worried” about me driving alone. AKA: He wanted to sleep in a comfortable hotel bed. So, we left late at night and slept in a hotel. We planned on staying in Munich for the day but it was um, -18 and snowing and Miikas paws were freezing to the cement. No joke! Ugh, one day I will experience all of Munich. Megan came with LOTS of christmas gifts…….

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Megans first full day in Europe was a “game day” for Jerry. In the morning I showed her around Bruneck, lots of walking with Miika! We met with some of my friends before the game and Megan got to enjoy her first Hugo! Then we headed to the hockey game. I was happy she got to see Jerry play! That was the only home game he had while she was here. For the away games, we cheered from home!

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The next day (new years eve) we headed to one of favorite little cities, Brixen (Bressanone). We went shopping for new years eve dresses and had a really nice lunch. The Christmas market was still up so I was glad we both got to enjoy that before they took it down!

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We had an amazing New Years Eve dinner at a beautiful hotel up in the mountain – Hotel Petrus! It was an all out celebration. So happy Megan got to experience true european dinner. AKA: 6 courses, lots of presecco and a midnight cheers! After midnight the entire dinner party lit chinese lanterns with all of our new years wishes on them and let them go. It was so fun and so beautiful!

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I couldn’t let Megan leave Europe without visiting one of my absolute favorite cities: Innsbruck!

It’s true, I made her eat Subway while we were there. However, I don’t really care much for austrian food anyways lol! I was going to take her to Vapianos but we let ourselves get “hangry” (so hungry that your angry). So, Subway was closer. Megan is a great friend. She didn’t even judge me for eating 3 subway cookies.

I took her shopping and too one of my favorite little pubs that’s tucked away on the shopping street in Innsbruck. An old Irish Pub that I visited with two of my girlfriends last year. The same bartender was behind the bar but somehow didn’t remember me and those 2 crazy blondes from last year ;). We met some really funny Aussie’s who said: “Every American we meet is so nice!”… I wish I could have tapped that and let some people listen to that.

Megan loved Innsbruck!

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I knew of an outdoor winter classic going on in the Austrian league (the league Jerry played in the last two years) and wanted Megan to experience a Winter Classic in Europe! So, we jumped in the car with two friends and headed to Klagenfurt, Austria for the game. It was F’ing cold but so worth it! I think she enjoyed it once we got the feeling back in our toes. It was great watching a game and not really caring who wins. Just wish I could have enjoyed some hot wine to keep me warm!

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Can you believe we’ve lived in Brunico since August and never went to the top of our ski hill (Kronplatz)? With megan here it was finally time to experience it. Especially with the beautiful snow! We took our friend Claudia and Jerry with us. They all enjoyed a nice drink and I had a nice hot tea! The joys of being the pregnant person 🙂 The views were amazing and I was so happy we finally made it up there to see the views. We all had a lot of fun!

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Claudia and Megan enjoyed a shot or… three once we got down to the bottom again!

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It’s safe to say Milly made some good friends while in Bruneck!

Jerry finally got a free day from hockey so we got to drag him on a day trip with the girls! We headed to Bolzano to do some shopping, eat and watch our friends hockey game. Megan got to get her first taste of Zara! That’s right, us Michigan girls have no clue what Zara is until someone tells us about it…… not cool! She loved it. The Christmas Market there was also still open! We had lots of fun shopping and then I took them to my favorite restaurant in Bolzano for a nice lunch before we headed to the hockey game.

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We spent the last day in Bruneck saying goodbye to some of Megans new friends and visiting some places she wanted to see before we packed her up! Squeezing in a few more Hugos before she heads back to USA was a must!

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Milly’s European trip would end with an overnight stay in Venice. My FAVORITE city in Europe! I haven’t seen them all but this one will always be my favorite. You’ve heard me say this before but it’s just so special. Anyways, it was Megans first ever train ride!  Exciting! Minus the getting up at 5 AM part, haha! We checked in to our hotel and were immediately upgraded to a suite right on the canal! OH MY GOD. Amazing! Ugh, I could just die! We headed out and stopped at one of my favorite little lunch places, where I also took my nane last December. Nothing special just a good spot for lunch and the name is slipping my mind right now. Then we headed out after fueling up and grabbing a cappuccino to go. TIme to get lost! The city was dead … preparing for Carneval as it starts in about two weeks!

I think were ready for carneval!

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I told Megan to drop her maps because were getting lost in Venice baby! The best way to see Venice is to “get lost” and see everything. Even the side streets, the residential area, just everything.

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We found our way to a gondola, as that was obviously at the top of Megs list of things to do! We ended up hitting the “jackpot” …no we didn’t get a gondola for less than $60 but our gondolier was amazing! His name was Andreas and he made the $60 so worth it. Let me tell you first, that a gondola ride for $60 does not come often and that was only for a 15-20 minute ride! He told us about all the building in Venice and gave us so much history, things even I didn’t know.

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I was so excited to get on the gondola and show Megan exactly where Jerry proposed! It was so fun and we had lots of laughs with Andreas. We finally decided to take a break and sit down for a little before we found a place for dinner. I assured Megan we’d be walking into a random place and hoping for the best. That’s what I always do in Venice! And guess what? I’ve NEVER had a bad meal! I won’t lie, we were nervous at first….. and it’s hard because there are so many things I cannot eat right now because I’m pregnant. It can be frustrating but we found stuff and made it work… and our dinner was amazing! When we left you couldn’t get a seat in the place, so obviously we did something right!

A few extras from our trip:

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It was a beautiful trip! We ended the night at our hotel with a drink and a nice hot shower (in a BIG shower) something I haven’t experienced in 5 months! I stayed in there for a half hour. Megan had to be up at 430 AM to catch her plane, my train didn’t leave until 8 am but I was up since Megan left. Of course! I had quite a long travel day back to Bruneck but it was so worth it to spend time with one of my best friends in my favorite city ever!

Jerry and I were so happy to have a slice of home here in Bruneck and she couldn’t have come at a better time. It was good to have a good friend here to remind us of how loved we are and remind us that we have so many people at home who love and miss us. I’m so glad that Megan took the leap and came to Europe. Traveling at our age is so important, there is no better time. It’s always so nice to open our doors to visitors so they can see our life over here and what it’s like for us. Instead of being a tourists, they are locals like us, which my grandma said was one of her favorite parts of visiting us last year.

Thanks Meg for putting up with my pregnancy hormones & crazy goalie wife superstitions. I wish we could have enjoyed more vino but I know you and Jerry did! We hope this was an experience you will never forget and that you get to come again , another hockey season! It was so good to laugh until our stomachs hurt (watching home videos from college) and have someone to talk to on my walks with Miika so I don’t look crazy talking to myself. You made new friends, tried new food, shopped in new stores and visited cities people can only dream of! We can’t repay you for all the things you do for us and what a great friend you are but I hope this experience helps a little. Everyone you met here in Bruneck LOVES you and has had nothing but good things to say about you, of course. We love you and see you in THREE months – Redwing play off hockey, birthday celebrations with all of our friends, DETROIT food, and a summer of excitement! (minus over consumption of alcohol at Luke Bryan)!

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As for me, school is back in session and I’m back to full weeks of English Tutoring! I’m going to be so sad to say goodbye too all of the kids and families, I’ve gotten so close with.  I’m in my 16th week of pregnancy. Still no bump, still no sickness, and I have gained 3.5 lbs! I guess this is where all my good karma is kicking in? I’ll take it! Tomorrow I go to the doctor but just to be weighed, blood pressure and all that. I’m not supposed to have an ultra sound but Mr. Kuhn plans on asking if I can because he’s dying to know what we are having. I’m planning on him finding out and not telling me. As for hockey, We are a few games shy of playoffs starting. Playoffs?! Crazy! Hoping for the best for Jerry and the team. Good luck and good vibes our way! Before we know it, it will be time to head home to our amazing families and friends. We are looking forward to this summer more than all the last summers by a long shot! (…. I’m dying for American food and too get back to work).

Until next time – Peace + Love,

Amanda xx