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33 Weeks Pregnant {Bump Update}

33 Weeks Pregnant {Bump Update}

With only 7 weeks left to go until our due date, and some of the more exciting changes taking place over these next few weeks, I thought it would be fun to share a bi-weekly update on the blog! As of today, I’m 33 weeks and 1 day pregnant!

This week, Baby Girl is the size of a pineapple and weighs approximately 4 and a half pounds!

How I’m Feeling

So far, so good (mostly)! This pregnancy really has been kind to me and I really can't complain too much. Aside from some general nausea and exhaustion in the in the first trimester (for which my doctor prescribed Diclegis that worked wonders!), I've generally been feeling pretty good. The past week or so though, my top right stomach and ribs have started to hurt quite a lot - especially by the end of the school day. I spoke with my doctor about it, and she said that basically as the baby grows, my ribs are getting completely squished, causing the pain, and there really isn't very much I can do to make it better. I've been making it through the day, trying not to spend too much time sitting (because that puts more pressure on the ribs), and then getting home and enjoying laying/reclining on the couch for much needed relief!

Weight Gain

As of my doctor's appointment on Monday (September 12th), I've gained 20 pounds in total! So far I'm on track to gain the 25-35 recommended by my doctor at my original appointment with her in March!


Baby is moving so much! For awhile she was mostly moving at night, but now she moves all day long as well! I absolutely love feeling her kick and seeing my stomach move as she does! No matter what I'm doing, her movements put a smile on my face!


Dairy! Milk, yogurt, and vanilla ice cream are my favorite things to eat! I also generally crave breakfast - pancakes, bagels, waffles - and enjoy a nice tall glass of milk (or 2 or 3!) with it!


Nothing really making me turn away. Early on in pregnancy, I couldn't look at raw pork tenderloin or eat pork, but I've had it at restaurants once or twice and it doesn't seem to be bothering me anymore.

Best Moment This Week

The best moment this past week was starting to have more fun styling my bump! Now that I'm back to school, and I have a reason to wear more than basic shorts and a tank, I am having so much fun putting maternity outfits together (especially since I've bought more than I probably should have!). We also had our hospital tour this week and it was nice to get to walk through the hospital and get a better feel for what we'll be doing before we actually do it!

What I’m Looking Forward To

Heading to a bar mitzvah this weekend and looking forward to spending time with family! My friend Meg is going to come over to help me put baby shower favors together (my shower is the 24th!) and that should be a lot of fun! 

Overall, I just cannot believe that there are less than 7 weeks left until my due date! Time is flying by!!

Life Update

Life Update

Earlier this week I hinted about some exciting life changes heading our way and I am so excited to share with you that Josh and I are expecting a little baby girl!

We could not be more excited to welcome this little lady into our lives and are excitedly getting ready to celebrate her arrival! We found out in late February that I was pregnant and shared the news with our family about a week later, and then slowly included more family and close friends over the following weeks and months. On Mother’s Day, we announced to the (social media) world that we have a baby on the way!

Since then, I’ve been happily growing and we’ve been happily preparing for her arrival. My first trimester had some general nausea, but no prolonged sickness or really horrible episodes, and since the second trimester started, I’ve been healthy and happy throughout the pregnancy. Josh and I traveled to California in late June/early July for a babymoon, and even though I’m not exactly at my pre-pregnancy energy levels (so clubbing in LA was a no go), we had a perfect babymoon vacation.

Now, I’m settling into my third trimester and although I’ve had a little bit of back/stomach pain, I’m still feeling wonderful. Pregnancy has been good to me and although I’ve been able to enjoy relaxing at home this summer, I am excited to get back to school in after Labor Day and be moving around a bit more and engaging with my colleagues and my students again.

It's hard to believe that there's only a couple of months left until our due date, and we cannot wait to meet our baby girl!

Welcome to Sara Levine!

Welcome to Sara Levine!

Wow. It’s finally here. FINALLY. I’ve been dreaming about updating this space for such a long time, and wavered for quite awhile on whether it was even worth it. But let me tell you… It definitely was!!

You will notice a couple of major changes have taken place here! For starters, the name of the blog has officially changed. Five years ago when I first started this blog, Forever and a Recipe seemed like such a perfect name. I wanted to primarily blog about home and food and Josh and I had just moved in together so I liked the play on the phrase “forever and a day” because it was fun and a little cheesy - just like us! But, fast forward five years, while I do still want to blog about house projects and food, it isn’t my primary interest anymore. There is so much more that I want to talk about and I feel like I had stuck myself in an impossible spot with the original name. And so, I changed it! The new blog is simply my name - Sara Levine - and that way I won’t feel stuck into any specific categories. You will automatically be sent to the new URL - saralevineblog.com - if you go to the old foreverandarecipe.com, and all of my posts have transferred over, so you can still find all of your favorite posts from Forever and a Recipe!

Along with the new blog title and URL, I have also done a complete redesign - courtesy of the fantastic Terintino Shop on Etsy. A simple, classic design that I am excited to enjoy for a long time to come! And it is a bit more streamlined for those of you looking for specific posts - whether it’s on something related to the home, the kitchen or the classroom, you can find it faster by going through the pages at the top.

Also, you will find that I’ve updated my social media as well! My Twitter and Instagram now both share the blog URL name as well - saralevineblog. You won’t have to do anything to follow these instead of the old ones, it will automatically update in your Twitter and Insta feeds. If you want to keep up with blog posts on Facebook, and you don’t already, you can follow the Facebook page at Sara Levine Blog to stay up to date with blog posts each week!

I am so excited about these changes and thrilled to share some exciting life changes with you in the upcoming weeks! I hope you like the new design as much as I do and that you're looking forward to a new season of blogging from me!

Progress > Perfection

Progress > Perfection

A lot of changes happening on the blog right now, and you will likely see a blog in transition over the past few and next few days as everything gets settled. Please excuse any issues and e-mail me if you have any questions!

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