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Ohio Trip

We spent this past weekend in Ohio visiting my oldest sister’s family. For those who don’t know, they live in Prague (check out this post for our recent trip to visit them there!). However, thanks to a business trip, they are hanging out in Ohio for a bit so we went up to visit them!


This is us with our niece, Katka and nephew, Marek. They are so fun to spend time with! Melissa (their mom/my sister) and I have talked a lot about parenting over the years and this weekend I started asking her oldest (Katka) what she thought of her parents parenting. It was fun hearing her perspective (turns out she thinks her parents are doing a pretty good job). 🙂

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Katka is very excited to meet her cousin the next time we see them! She loved feeling my baby bump and offering name suggestions. 🙂


My sister’s family! As always, we had a wonderful visit with them! Even though they live in Europe, I’m so thankful we’ve made an effort to see each other as frequently as we can!


We did plenty in Columbus, Ohio over this weekend (including visiting the zoo, walking around the Ohio State campus, walking around downtown, eating lots of delicious food, and playing at parks), but this is the only other photo I have, haha! We ate at Skyline Chili and it was delicious! Though, I’ll be honest, half that cheese came off before I ate it, haha! 😉


I’ll leave you with this shot from yesterday at the airport. Baby Girl has POPPED! I can’t figure out if this is because I really have grown this much or if this is the first Baby Bump photo we’ve taken near the end of the day versus in the morning. I definitely ate a lot of dairy this weekend which tends to bloat me. So I’m not sure how much of that is Baby V and how much of that is the cheese I had for lunch. 😉 But either way, Baby Girl is growing and making sure everyone knows she’s here! This is the 4th State she’s visited while in utero, but her first flight! I’m excited for all the adventures we’ll have with her on the outside too! 🙂

Do you have far-away family that you still get to see on a regular basis?

Have you had Skyline Chili? If so, did you actually eat all that cheese?! 

Love Rach

A collection of reaction photos

We took a lot of video of us telling family our good news and eventually I want to compile that all into a sweet video telling the story of this pregnancy. But until I get my compilation video done, I want to share a few stills from the videos of people’s reactions as they heard about the anticipated arrival of Baby Vendetti.

the-first-surpriseChristopher’s face when I first told him just minutes after I found out!

surprise!.jpgTelling my mother-in-law

surprise2Telling my parents

surprise3My sisters figuring it out right after we told my parents

surprise9Telling my sister & her husband who live in Prague

surprise5Telling grandparents

surprise7Telling grandparents

We didn’t take video of sharing the news with our friends because I couldn’t figure out how to do it without them knowing what was going on. But their reactions were pretty priceless as well. Lots of screaming, crying, and hugging. This baby has been prayed for and waited for by so many people other than just us. We truly have an amazing community and we are so thankful for that!

Love Rach

Baby Vendetti is a…





We are delighted to announce that Baby Vendetti is a GIRL! We are SO very excited!! Bring on the ruffles and lace!

Love Rach

Gender Predictions


This Saturday there will be photos both here on the blog as well as on social media officially announcing the gender of Baby Vendetti! But until then, I thought we should have some fun with some old wives’ tales when it comes to predictions!

Heart Rate Above 140 (Girl) or Below (Boy): At our very first ultrasound the heart rate was 119, but that was at 7 weeks when the normal heart rate is around 90-110 BPM anyway. Other than that very first ultrasound, the heart rate has been in the 160-175 range at the other 5 ultrasounds. So that is a solid GIRL prediction.

Craving Sour & Salty (Boy) or Sweet (Girl): Definitely craving all the sweet fruits and even frozen yogurt quite a bit in this pregnancy. Another GIRL prediction.

Beauty Glowing (Boy) or Stolen (Girl): At the very beginning of the pregnancy I had a little acne around the same time that I would normally have it for the start of my period. Other than that, my skin has looked great throughout this pregnancy so far! Hooray! A BOY prediction.

Morning Sickness (Girl) or Feeling Great (Boy): Well, I’m feeling pretty great now, but the first trimester was rough so I’m calling this a GIRL prediction. I will say, while most people have been guessing it’s a boy, I’ve had several people tell me they think it’s a girl based on how sick I was that first trimester so I guess this particular old wives’ tale is pretty wide spread.

Ring Test: We did the ring test and it most definitely predicted a BOY.

Mayan Calendar: I really know nothing about this, haha! But I heard about this from a “Gender Prediction” Google search and found this website. Looks like another GIRL prediction.

Chinese Gender Predictor Chart: Thanks to this handy dandy website, all the calculations were done for me and a GIRL was predicted.

James Test: Our friend James has correctly predicted the gender of a ridiculous number of babies. We’ve watched him be right over and over again over the years. And James is predicting a BOY for us.

Beth Test: However, my Aunt Beth has also correctly predicted the gender of a ridiculous number of babies. At one point she was 38 for 40 when all her friends were having babies! And Aunt Beth is predicting a GIRL for us.

So the final count is 6 predictions for GIRL and only 3 predictions for BOY. Though if you go with what most of our friends are guessing then you would think we’d already announced that it was a boy. 😉

So tell me, what’s your guess? Girl or Boy?
Love Rach

Health & Fitness in the First Trimester

So just last week I shared with you guys about my goals to be healthier last year and how well those paid off. I’ve had a couple of people ask what this means now that I’m pregnant. Going into this pregnancy, I felt so incredibly healthy and fit and I think that has made a huge difference in the habits I’ve been able to carry on even when I felt so sick. So here are the main things:

1. Obviously I’m going to gain weight. Most likely more than the 18 pounds I lost (my doctor told me anything from 25-35 pounds would be a healthy weight gain for me in this pregnancy). But this doesn’t bother me in the least. Those extra pounds were just hanging around making me feel sluggish and unhealthy last year. This weight gain will be for a great cause!

2. My gym time looks a little different sometimes. I still shoot for an hour on the treadmill five days a week, but there are days when I can barely make it to 35 minutes before I’m just totally worn out. And I’ve let myself be okay with that. I mean, I’m growing a person. That’s hard work. 😉 The past week when I’ve started to feel better has meant that my gym time has been back to normal and that has felt great! And I’m finally back to getting 10,000 steps a day which makes my Fitbit happier with me.

3. I have been cleared to continue weight lifting by my doctor, but honestly… I haven’t been lifting. My body has been so worn out this first trimester that making it to the gym at all has been a feat some days. My doctor said since my body has been used to it in the past, it’s more than okay to start it up again in the second trimester if I wanted to wait until I was feeling better. So now that I’m feeling better I’m looking forward to adding weights back into my routine.

4. My doctor told me to switch to prenatal yoga and asked that I not do any poses that require being on my stomach (even in the first trimester). So for those who would like to see what yoga videos I’ve been doing lately, I have them saved on a Prenatal Yoga list. The very first video on there is one that I got from Amanda and it is so great! I’ve done about half the videos on that list and as I continue to do more videos I’ll delete ones I don’t like and add new ones I find. If you have recommendations for prenatal yoga or prenatal workout videos, I’d love to hear them!

5. I am so thankful that I taught myself to drink water and hydrate well last year. I had no idea how important drinking tons of water while pregnant was. So that has definitely been a bonus!

6. Ah the diet. Pretty much all food made me sick up until last week. What’s comical is that initially I thought this was a mind over matter thing. “Oh, I’ll just force myself to eat this cottage cheese and it will be fine!” False. That was definitely false. A lot of my go to favorite snacks were ones I just couldn’t stomach at all (including eggs which is a staple for me). My diet overall wasn’t terrible, but it definitely included more carbohydrates than normal and lots more bland foods. Thankfully Baby Vendetti likes apples, bananas,  strawberries, clementines, watermelon, carrots, peanut butter, and Greek yogurt so even during the sickest days, I could still eat those. Since last week I’ve been feeling a lot better and am back to my normal super healthy diet which has me feeling much better over all! Here’s to hoping I stay feeling better!

7. Speaking of feeling so sick… I continued to use MyFitnessPal to track my food until week 10 of pregnancy when I just couldn’t handle thinking about food any more than I absolutely had to. I lost weight when I first got pregnant so I wanted to be sure I was getting enough calories plus I loved that I had such a long streak of logging my food into MyFitnessPal (it was well over a year). But alas, I just couldn’t do it anymore at week 10. Now that I’m feeling better, I want to start tracking again just to make sure that I’m getting a good number of calories plus making sure that I’m eating a balanced diet (I love how MyFitnessPal tells you about all the nutrients in your food, not just the calories).

Overall, I’m so thankful I had these habits in place before getting pregnant because otherwise I can guarantee you, there would be no way I would’ve started any healthy habits while feeling so miserable. But you know what has made it worth feeling so terrible? Knowing that Baby Vendetti is growing and healthy. Grow, baby, grow! Speaking of growing… wanna see a couple of pictures? 🙂


This was 11 weeks pregnant when I first started to show just a little. Such a sweet and emotional week in that way! Look at that sweet bump!


I’m sure many of you saw this yesterday on Instagram, but here I am this week at 13 weeks pregnant! Grow baby grow!

Any recommendations for health and fitness while pregnant? Either that you’ve experienced yourself or heard of?

Love Rach

Some pretty awesome news

Just in case you missed it on social media over the weekend…


We mean every word of that canvas. Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow! We are so incredibly grateful for this answered prayer! There have been so many happy tears and so much rejoicing over the past couple of months!

So to answer the most commonly asked questions:

We’re 13 weeks pregnant and our due date is August 1st. However due to medical concerns it’s very possible Baby Vendetti might be coming earlier in July.

Yes, I have been sick. So sick. But I’ve been so blissfully happy about this precious baby that I can’t be upset about being sick. I’m starting to feel better now and am hoping that as I enter the second trimester I will start to feel awesome soon!

Yes, we’ve had an ultrasound and heard the heartbeat. In fact, we’ve had weekly ultrasounds for the past six weeks. 😉 The medical concerns we face aren’t ideal, but it has meant close monitoring of this little one which has been so wonderful!

While we are “at risk” for many things… this pregnancy has been textbook perfection so far. Baby Vendetti has shown perfect growth every week with ideal heartbeats. So many hundreds of little things that can go wrong, haven’t. Baby is growing and healthy. Praise God!

If you are the praying sort, we would so appreciate your prayers for a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery! We are so excited to meet this precious child! Thanks for rejoicing with us, friends!

Love Rach