Stepping into my 30’s in style!

Chris and I decided to celebrate my 30th birthday in the Windy City!  Chris has many fond memories of spending time with his father and grandfather at Cubs games and Navy Pier in Chicago.  My Mom took me to Chicago for a girl’s trip a handful of years ago and we had a blast eating fabulous food and hitting up the local jazz bars.  We both love Chicago but had not yet made the trip together!

Southwest offers a two-hour direct morning flight so we flew out on Friday morning.  When we landed, my voicemail was full of messages from agents calling on a new listing.  I’ve always said, all it takes is leaving the city for me to get really busy!  We checked into the James hotel and were pleasantly surprised.  We loved the contemporary décor and could not have asked for a better location!

We headed to Le Colonial, an upscale French-Vietnamese restaurant for lunch.  This restaurant came highly recommended and I cannot say enough good things about it!  After lunch, I couldn’t resist a trip to Lululemon, which was directly across the street.  I of course got myself some fun things but I also got Chris a pair of pants – love a well dressed man at the gym!

We met up with Ryan Anderson, Chris’ college roommate, for drinks at Sable.  Their cocktails and appetizers were outstanding!!  We then finished the night with late dinner reservations at The Purple Pig.

Saturday was spent with a dear high school friend, Kate Henerey, and her husband Adam.  They picked us up in the morning and took us to Lincoln Village, close to where they live.  While catching up and trading gossip, we enjoyed a long Italian lunch, shopping and gelato!  That night we dined at Primehouse, a modern American steakhouse that is actually located in the James hotel.  The restaurant is known for their special patent for dry-aging their meats.  They age them in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on premise. Chris loved his steak and I was thrilled with my scallop dish and everything else we ordered!  We met up with Anderson to finish the night at Blue Chicago to catch a live jazz show.

Sunday morning we experienced the most exquisite brunch at Nomi in Park Hyatt hotel.  Best brunch yet!  We rolled ourselves out of Nomi and strolled towards Louis Vuitton.  We finally splurged and I got the purse I have been eyeing for quite some time!  We finished our trip with a drink on top of the John Hancock tower and made a mad dash into Adagio Tea room before heading to the airport.

My birthday trip was a complete success!  I included all of the links for your reference, shall you find yourself making a trip to Chicago in the near future. 🙂

xoxo

P.S. The last picture in the slideshow was taken here in San Antonio at Perry’s steakhouse.  A handful of my girlfriends made it out on Wednesday night to help me celebrate my big 3-0!!

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Babymoon in Seattle and Portland!

We leave this Wednesday morning, for our babymoon to Seattle and Portland!!  We are super excited and spent all of last night booking our hotel, train ride and reviewing restaurants!

Restaurant Week, Seattle

If you’ve never heard the term babymoon before, you’re not alone.  I heard if for the first time this year, and immediately loved the idea.  Here is Wikipedia’s definition:

A babymoon is a period of time that parents spend bonding with a recently-born baby. More recently the term has come to be used to describe a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby.

A last hoorah with the hubby, before countless sleepless nights?? Yes please!!

I started thinking about a fun destination for our babymoon.  I was watching the show, Bethany Getting Married, when they went on their babymoon.  If you watched the episode, you’ll remember she went on somewhat of a pub crawl.  Instead of trying out different bars and drinks, she and her husband tried every restaurant imaginable, and ate their way through their babymoon!

As a pregnant lady, nothing seems more fun that eating your way through a city known for their culinary expertise!!  I thought about places with great food and decided to book a trip to Seattle and Portland!  Fresh seafood, here we come!!!

I then had to set a date.  When is the best time to visit a city??  During Restaurant Week, of course!!  Every city has a week where their top restaurants create a lavish 3 course meal, all for $25pp.  Each restaurant puts their best foot forward with a fixed menu for lunch and dinner.

I Googled the dates for Seattle’s restaurant week and was thrilled to see it was scheduled for October!

We are spending 4 days in Seattle, devoting our time to eating and shopping!  We are then taking a scenic, 3-hour train ride to Portland, to see my Grandparents!  There, we will focus on eating and shopping as well! 😉  We might even get to go salmon fishing with my Grandpa, pending the weather cooperates.

I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures and restaurant recommendations upon our return. If you want to view some of the restaurants participating in Seattle’s Restaurant Week, click here.  This website will also give you the fixed menus, reviews, and details of the restaurant.  Let me know if you have a personal recommendation!

Quick 23 week prego update:
Weight: I have remained the same weight for 2 weeks, woo-hoo!!  I’ve gained exactly 15lbs to date.

Clothes: I’m 100% in maternity clothes. Gap Maternity and Destination Maternity have been saviors.

Carter: Is an active little tyke!  We love feeling his kicks. Our next apt. is the day we get back from our babymoon.  During our last appointment, the doctor said everything looks perfectly normal and very healthy!

Baby stuff: Chris and I babysat Jack Lamy in Austin this past weekend.  He’s just over a year old and is the cutest little peanut EVER!  We tested out all of Mama Leslie’s baby gear, including car seat, jogger, stroller, etc.  We took Jack to Buy Buy Baby, and he was our model child, helping us try out all the strollers and gadgets.  He loved the attention and we loved the experience! We can only hope that our little man will be as sweet and well mannered as Mr. Jack-a-roo! We came home missing Jack, but so excited to meet Baby Carter!!

Altitude and Pregnancy

Flight to Vail, CO

I just returned from a fabulous girls trip to Vail, Colorado.  Thanks to the Lamy’s, all 11 of us were able to fly out together.   I haven’t flown anywhere since I found out I was pregnant, so I was a little nervous about getting nauseous.  Thankfully, we were able to fly at 40,000 feet, which put us above all the all the clouds and turbulence.  The take off and landing still affected my stomach, but the climb and descent only lasted a couple of minutes, and then it was smooth sailing for the remainder of the flight.

When I told friends and family that I was going to Vail with my girlfriends, I received a lot of advice.  Everyone seemed overly concerned about the altitude and the effects it would have on the baby and my body.  I’ll be honest; I was so excited to see my girlfriends that I hadn’t even given the altitude a second thought.

Taking a hike and stopping for another picture with Brooke!

Now that I’m back from Colorado, I can testify that the altitude does have an effect on your body.  There is less oxygen in the mountains, so your body has to expend more energy, just to keep you breathing.  When we would go on our morning walks or short afternoon hikes, it was hard for me to keep up with the group.   Thankfully, I was the photographer and insisted on taking a picture whenever I found myself short of breath.  (I took lots of pictures!)

The altitude did not have any other adverse affects on me.  I didn’t experience any headaches or nausea.   On our walks, I was out of breath more than my friends, and had to rest a bit more, but everyone understood.

My advice for all pregnant women is to be sensible when visiting the mountains.   Drink lots of water and don’t push yourself too hard.

I just had my third doctor’s visit this morning, and the baby’s heart rate was healthy 150!  My doctor agreed that traveling in high altitudes is safe, as long as you don’t overexert yourself.

Below are some pictures from our week in Vail.  As you can see, we had an absolute blast!  I think I might like Colorado better in the summer than the winter.  The weather was perfect with a high of 75 and a low of 45.   The views weren’t too bad either!

Colorado weather, I miss you!!

Lunch in Vail, CO

Lamy's gorgeous mountain home

Dinner at the Ritz

Highschool best friends, Lauren & Leslie