New Buffalo

We took a little vacation this past weekend! It was our first trip with the baby, and it was so nice to get away. I go back to work in less than a week so it was great to spend some time together before life gets a little more complicated. We returned to New Buffalo, Michigan.  New Buffalo has lots of fun things to do for couples, families, groups of women, and groups of friends. We discovered New Buffalo a few years ago and have returned many times since. We have gone as a couple, with friends, with family, and now with our baby! Here are some of my favorite things to do in New Buffalo (and the surrounding areas)!

Redamak’s

Redamak’s is a New Buffalo staple! They have delicious burgers and fries. They also have shakes and tons of other food choices. It is perfect for families and large groups of people.

  
The Town

I forgot to snap a pic, but the town of New Buffalo has lots of cute shops and restaurants. It is not huge or overwhelming and you can go through the shops in a few hours.

The Beach and Harbor 

The harbor and beach are in the town and you can easily walk to them. There are benches everywhere to sit and enjoy the view, and of course, when the water is warmer, the beach is great for swimming.  

 

 

 Wine Tasting

There are wineries all over this area! Pre baby we used to spend the day wine tasting and picnicking at the local wineries. This time we went to a winery for a quick visit, and picked up a bottle for later too. You can even take a wine tour and get shuttled around to various wineries.

Neighboring towns

We love visiting Sawyer and Three Oaks- two nearby towns. They have small local coffee shops, a distillery, and a brewery, and restaurants. We visited Greenbush Brewery for a drink. They also have delicious food!  We also stopped by Staymaker in Three Oaks. Staymaker is a restaurant inside of Journeyman Distillery. It is housed in an old repurposed building that is one of a kind. The craft cocktails and food are delicious!



Restaurants

There are many other great restaurants in New Buffalo! This time we chose eat lunch out and get carry out for dinner because we didn’t want to push it with the baby. We got take out sushi from Song Asian Cuisine, and Mexican from El Rancho Grande the second night. Both were delicious!
Our Vacation Rental

We rented the cutest house! We stayed here Last time too and it is perfect. It is close to town and decorated so nicely. I wish it were ours! We rented it from homeaway.com.

  

All in all New Buffalo is a great place to visit and I can’t wait to return soon!

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.