Date Night at Chatham Bars Inn

When we were on vacation, my mom treated us to a gift card to the Chatham Bars Inn for our anniversary! Chatham Bars Inn is a resort hotel in Chatham.  

 It is stately, and beautiful! It was built in 1914 and represents old Cape Cod. With it’s traditional coastal decor and timeless feel, it is a must-see. We usually go every year for brunch, and we did again this year. I have never been for dinner so I was excited to try it. We opted to eat outside, either at their Veranda dining room, a dining area on the front porch of the Inn, or at The Beach House, a bar/restaurant down by the ocean and pool. We put our names in at the Veranda, and headed down by the beach for some drinks. 

    
    
    
    

  
The beach bar and the beach area are beautiful and fun! There was live music, people everywhere enjoying food and drinks, and it was a fun, vacation vibe.  There are fire pits, cabanas, and everything you need for a beach day. We walked around and enjoyed the gorgeous views.  Then it was time for our meal, so we headed back up to the Inn. 

   The Veranda overlooks the ocean, and serves small plates and light fare.  Since we wanted to eat outside, we knew this was a good choice.   

  

  

 The views were breathtaking- the sun was setting, so the whole sky was pink.  We decided to order calamari, and a lobster pizza flatbread.  Both were outstanding!  

  

  

  It was such a nice, laid back way to celebrate our anniversary, and enjoy a night out on the Cape.  There are many other dining options at the Chatham Bars, and I can’t wait to go back next year! 

 

Pregnancy Weeks 14, 15, and 16

Week 14

Baby is the size of a peach- about 3.4 inches crown to rump (forgot to take a picture)

Week 15

Baby is the size of a pear- about 3.9 inches crown to rump

 Week 16

Baby is the size of an avocado- about 4.5 inches crown to rump (forgot again to take a picture!)

Weight Gained

Total gained so far:  5 pounds

Week 14- 1 pounds

Week 15- 1 pound

Week 16- 1 pound

Symptoms

Week 14- Still tired but feeling much less tired than before!  Still the same tummy troubles.  Still the some headaches. But overall feeling much more like myself! I have a lot of zits and my skin is irritated.  I never had any skin problems before, so this is something I am getting used to.

Week 15- Much less tired.  We went on vacation this week, and one day we went to Nantucket, which was a very long day, and I felt totally dead with a horrible headache at the end of the day.  I think I my body was telling me to slow down!  I had headaches during our drive to and from Cape Cod at the end of the day. Same skin issues.

Week 16- I started having a weird cramping feeling in the bottom of my uterus and on the left side. I casually mentioned it to my doctor, and she said to call if it continued.  It did, so I went in two days later for another checkup. The nurse practitioner did a cervical exam to check to see if I was having a miscarriage.  Not fun, and so so scary!!  She concluded that it was just from doing too much and being on the go too much, so she said I need to tone it down, and get off my feet more.  I was spotting for days after, and was pretty freaked out.  But I am feeling better now, and listening to my body more! I also had a lot of back pain this week.  I have always had back problems from an injury in high school so I’m not surprised about this.

Workouts

Week 14- 21 Day Fix Extreme, walking, yoga

Week 15- not much!  I was on vacation, and usually run everyday on the Cape, but since running isn’t in the cards for me right now, I walked a lot, and did yoga on the beach one day.

Week 16- not much- a little prenatal yoga and some walking

Food Aversions

Pretty much nothing!  One day eggs grossed me out, but overall, I can eat everything.  Still leery of plain chicken, but if it is mixed in with something, I can eat it.

Food Cravings

Nothing, but in week 16 I am feeling much more hungry and thirsty! I have to eat as soon as I wake up because I am STARVING!

Baby-related purchases

Week 14-Nothing!

Week 15- On vacation my mom, Jim and I got really excited about all of the cute, nautical themed items.  I wished we knew if it were a boy or girl, but we still bought plenty of gender neutral things.  Lots of cute onesies and a really cozy mint-colored blanket, and a stuffed lobster that Jim picked out. :)

 Week 16-Nothing

Week 14-16 Milestones

In week 14 we made it Facebook official! It was really fun to share the news with everyone who didn’t know yet!  I also told my coworkers and boss, and it felt good to get the news out in public. Vacation was so fun, and it was really fun to talk incessantly about what our trip next year will be like with the baby in tow! I loved buying things for the baby on vacation.  I can’t wait to set up the nursery and register this fall! Reaching 4 months feels great!  I feel like I am finally over the hump of extreme nervousness and anxiety, fatigue, and tummy issues, and can hopefully enjoy my pregnancy fully now! I also am starting to clean out our second bedroom in preparation of transforming it from a junk storage/guest room into a nursery.

Looking forward to:

I can’t wait to have a real baby bump and transition into maternity clothes.  I still  just feel like I look like I went let myself go this summer :) I can’t wait until I actually look pregnant.  I am in a weird phases with clothes where I can still fit into most things, but I don’t feel comfortable with tight shirts and have to unbutton my jeans.  I am looking forward to buying new cute maternity clothes.

I am really really excited to find out the gender in 4 weeks.  I cannot wait to know!  We found out the date of our ultrasound, and are starting to plan a gender reveal party with our families!

Fun Stories

Vacation was so fun!  I had purchased some tankinis because I wasn’t sure how comfortable I would feel in a bikini.  I ended up getting my nerve up to wear my bikini a few days! Buying so many cute things for the baby on vacation was very fun.  I had a virgin mojito on vacation, and it tasted pretty good.  Still trying to find a good mocktail that is more fun than just soda water with a lemon.

 Jim snapped a pic of me driving home from vacation, and I think it is the first time I have looked pregnant in a picture!

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

On our drive to Cape Cod, we stopped overnight in Syracuse, NY.  After a long 10 hour day of driving, we were more than ready to get out and stretch our legs.  We ate at Dionosaur Bar B Que in Syracuse.   

 This was the original location, and there are now multiple locations in New York, and now in Chicago! I was so hungry, and it was packed there!  We had to wait for a few minutes at the bar, and then finally got our table.  This was a fun place for families and young couples alike.  It seemed like everyone was ordering mojitos and margaritas at the bar, and they looked delicious! When we sat down I ordered a root beer to feel a bit more festive. Please excuse the tired face and messy hair– it was a long day! 


     I went with a pulled pork platter- pulled pork, mac and cheese, tomato and cucumber salad, and corn bread. 

   Jim had a combination platter, and had ribs, brisket, fries, salad, and corn bread.  

 The portions were enormous!  I ate so much that I was absolutely stuffed, but it barely looked like I put a dent in it!  We loved the food and the vibe and will definitely be back next year on our drive!  Afterwards we walked around Syracuse.  It is a really cool small city with tons of restaurants and bars and outdoor spaces to eat. 

    
 

Making a Lobster Dinner

One night on Cape Cod, we decided to make lobsters!  Jim was inspired by our cooking class, and lobster is extremely plentiful on the Cape, so we decided to buy some live lobsters and make a feast!


First we went to the fish market and purchased them.  They were all out of smaller lobsters, so we just had to get the 2 pounders! :)


It was a little freaky having them in the back of the car, but we all survived 😉 When we got home, Jim got water from the ocean to steam them with.  Then some of us posed with them.  We managed to get them in the pot and closed the lid.  It was definitely kind of gross, and I felt bad for them, but I guess that is the way the food chain works.




While we waited, we had some drinks on the beach.


  
After about 40 minutes, we checked and they were ready.  We just got some sides from the grocery store, and some delicious bread, because the lobster was the shining star of this dinner.


  
  
  
  
 We ate outside and enjoyed the sunset and water views!  Pretty much heaven!  The lobster was outstanding!  Making it at home was way cheaper than going out, and it was a fun experience.  I can’t wait to go back next year and do it again!  And enjoy some white wine with it! :)