The Siberian American: 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our Trip to Maine By the Numbers

I’ve always wanted to do a by the numbers post for one of our trips and have just never gotten around to it! Before I get into all my detailed posts about our babymoon, I thought it would be fun to break down our vacation a little bit.

6 full days
When I say full, I mean full. We did so much on this trip, and I can’t wait to share all the details!

9 lighthouses seen
I actually tried to limit going out of the way to see lighthouses because there were so many other things to see, but we still managed to see nine, and I’m not complaining!

3 boat tours
At one point in our planning, I turned to Chris and asked if he would hate it if we ended up doing three boat tours. Thankfully, he agreed because we loved all three of them! They were all different, and I’m super excited to tell y’all about them.

2.5 hours
The amount of time we waited for a lobster roll at Red’s Eats. You’ll have to wait for my post on it to hear all of my feelings on that, but it was an interesting experience!

3 states visited
We flew into Boston and spent some time in Gloucester and Rockport before driving on to Maine. On our way back, we spent the night in Kittery, Maine, which also gave us the chance to explore Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

8 miles hiked
I’m only counting our two big hikes in this number, and boy, were they memorable! I love hiking, but hiking pregnant was a whole new experience. The views were completely worth it, though!

4 celebrations
I sure do love traveling on our Super Week. It’s so fun to celebrate all of our big occasions in a new place! Christopher’s birthday was the day before we left, but we celebrated it along with my birthday and our eighth wedding anniversary on our trip! Of course, we also celebrated our last big trip before baby boy’s arrival!

3 days spent at Acadia National Park 
I must say I love that you have buy a seven-day pass for Acadia because it gave us a chance to split up our time there and see as much as possible!

2 blueberry lemonades ordered
This is where I made a mistake, friends. I didn’t discover blueberry lemonade until nearly the end of our trip, so I missed out on several days of having this amazing drink. It’s one of the best lemonade combinations I’ve ever had, and I sure wouldn’t mind getting a few gallons shipped to me in Texas!

Countless amounts of lobster eaten
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I will usually eat crab over lobster any day. Of course, that’s not the case with fresh Maine lobster. At the restaurant we went to for my birthday, I had lobster and corn chowder, lobster cakes, and lobster fettucine alfredo all in one meal. It’s just that good.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

How I Told Our Parents About Baby

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had our first baby shower this weekend, and it was so much fun! The host put together the cutest elephant theme. I’m planning on sharing more about it later, but it’s crazy to think I’m in my third trimester now and getting so close to meeting our little one! The next two months are going to be pretty busy but definitely fun! Anyways, now that I’m in the third trimester, it’s about time I finish some of the stories from my first trimester! I told y’all a few weeks ago about how I told Chris about baby, so today I wanted to share a little about how I told our parents.

Five weeks pregnant in Breckenridge!
Chris and I had pretty differing opinions about when to tell our parents. He, thinking like a physician, wanted to wait until 12 weeks when it was “safer” to tell people. I wanted to tell just our parents as soon as possible. Also, Chris and I were going to Colorado with my in-laws for a week just a week after we found out I’m pregnant, and I really didn’t want to try to hid it from them, especially since I had no idea how I would feel.

I’m a pretty private person, but I do try to stay open with our families. They knew that my OB had given us the green light to try to conceive starting in January, but I also warned them we had no idea what this journey would look like after my surgery.

We decided to tell my parents when we were dropping off Skyler, who was staying with them while we were in Colorado. I told Mom I had a present for them as a thank you for them keeping Skyler. Mom, of course, said “but we haven’t even done it yet!” I had gotten her a onesie that said “I love my baba” on it, which is the Russian name for grandma. It took her a little while to get it because she really just didn’t expect me to have any news! She first thought I had gotten her an outfit to put on Skyler! Finally, I said “Mom, I’m pregnant!” and it all clicked into place. She told me later she hadn’t even seen the writing on the onesie because she was so confused. Needless to say, both of my parents were super excited, and we celebrated in the traditional Russian way—with a toast! (don’t worry, I toasted with water). I’m not sharing the video because it’s in Russian, but there was definitely a lot of joy.

My mother-in-law had the opposite reaction. Somehow, she had decided I was pregnant all on her own and was just waiting for us to tell them (and had even thought we had visited them two weeks prior because we wanted to tell them. Nope, we just wanted to see them! Haha. Funny enough, I was pregnant by then, but we didn’t know yet!). To tell my in-laws, I had purchased a wooden sign on Etsy that says “the best parents get promoted to grandparents.” Sadly, it didn’t come in on time, so I ended up printing out a piece of paper that showed the gift and told my in-laws when we met up to drive to Colorado I had found something that made me think of them! Even though my mother-in-law was already suspecting the news, they were still super excited about the news of their first grandchild!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Five Books I Read in July

My reading has been so sporadic lately. I started off reading a bunch in July, but then we went on our babymoon to Maine, and I only read on the plane. Am I the only person who actually reads less on vacations? We do so much during the day that I’m just too exhausted at night to read. Plus, I decided it was finally time to finish The Lunar Chronicles, which are a bit longer than some of the other books I’ve read lately!

Blink by K.L. Slater
(c/o NetGalley)
Overall, this was a good thriller, but the middle was a bit boring and dragged. Once Part 2 hit (about 70 percent into the book), it got really interesting, and I couldn't put it down. I ended up liking some of the twists and thought it made for a good read!

The Guests on South Battery by Karen White
(c/o NetGalley)
I don't usually read stories about ghosts, but I like Karen White, so I thought I would give it a try. It took me forever to get into this book. It's the fifth in a series, and I wish I hadn't read it out of order. The story did get interesting about halfway through, though, and I got into it. Overall, it was a pretty good read, and I think I might go back and read the other books in the series.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
This book is both interesting and disturbing. It's crazy to think something like this could actually happen. If you haven't gotten to this book yet, it's worth a read!

Cress by Marissa Meyer
For a while I was putting this book off until Winter came out. Well, Winter came out almost two years ago, and I was still not picking the series back up because I was too sad for it to end. I'm glad I finally did. This book is SO good. I love all the characters, especially Cinder and Kai, and the story just flows so well. I seriously can't wait to pick up Winter now and finish the series!

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
(c/o NetGalley)
Sometimes I think it's not fair to judge an author by her best work and compare everything else he/she writes to it. Still, that's human nature, and I can't get away from it. Swear on This Life affected me deeply, and it was one of the best books I read in 2016. This one doesn't even get close. In fact, I liked Before We Were Strangers more. I just never truly felt connected with the characters. That said, I still read it in almost one sitting and would recommend it for those who love women's fiction. If you haven't read Swear on This Life yet, I suggest you read this one first because there's just no comparison.

Favorite reads in July: Cress and The Handmaid's Tale

Linking up with Steph & Jana.

I love book suggestions. What have you read lately?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Eight Favorite Experiences in Eight Years of Marriage

Chris and I celebrated eight years of marriage while we were in Maine, and I love using our anniversary to reminisce on all the special moments we’ve had throughout the years. Today, I thought it would be fun to share eight of our favorite experiences in our years of marriage. These are off the top of my head and in no particular order.

Celebrating Our 21st Birthdays and One Year Anniversary in Las Vegas
We had so much fun on our first trip to Vegas together! We saw Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE and KA and ate at so many amazing places. Vegas is still one of our favorite places if we only have time to get away for a few days.

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Studying Abroad in Europe
There’s something special about being married and getting to study abroad in Europe together. We went with a group of about 40 other students from Baylor and were definitely the “mom and dad” of the group, but we had the best time! Our study abroad program was heavily focused on travel (Fridays off and lots of holidays), and we took advantage of it by seeing 16 different countries. I’m so glad we were able to do something like this before the craziness of medical school.

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Discovering a Love for Cruising
I hadn’t been on a cruise in the United States (we did a month long cruise from Russia throughout Europe when we lived there) until we got married, but we’ve done six together since then! (two to Alaska, one Southern Caribbean cruise from Puerto Rico, one Eastern Caribbean cruise, one Western Caribbean cruise, and one fall color cruise). We haven’t been on one in almost three years mostly due to Zika, but I am definitely planning on going again when the baby is old enough!

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Graduating Baylor
Baylor will always be a special part of our story: we met on our first day on campus, spent that first semester falling in love, and got married the summer after our sophomore year at a gorgeous spot on campus. All of that made graduating together from the university we love even more wonderful. We were in different colleges, so we got to watch each other’s ceremonies. It was such a great day!

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Watching Chris Become a Doctor
I’ve never been one to sugarcoat medical school. It’s not easy (though it’s a cake walk compared to residency). Still, there was nothing better than watching my love fulfill his dream during those four years. I was so proud as he crossed that stage and officially became a doctor in 2015. Now we’re making our way through residency, and it’s hard to believe that day was over two years ago!

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Celebrating the End of Medical School with a California Road Trip
We’ve been blessed to visit many amazing places in our eight years of marriage, both in the United States and abroad, but our California road trip ranks as one of our favorite trips. We were celebrating such a big occasion in a place full of incredible views and so many fun things to do. I loved visiting La Jolla and the San Diego Zoo for the first time, and our drive up Highway 1 was absolutely incredible. Someday I’ll get around to finishing up my recaps of that trip, but it’s definitely a trip I will always treasure.

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Our Year in Chicago
Y’all know the story by now: I moved to Chicago kicking and screaming…and then I fell in love on basically the first day. Intern year was hard, but living in Chicago made it so much better. That year ended up being one of my favorites of our marriage so far. I loved exploring a new area of the United States with my love, and you better believe I left Chicago with tears in my eyes when the year was over.

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Our Journey to Parenthood
Of course, I had to include the last few months in my favorite marriage experiences. We have been so excited since finding out we’re going to be parents, and it’s hard to believe we’ll be mommy and daddy in just three short months! As much as I have loved all of our adventures, I know this one will be the best one yet!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Five Reasons You Should Visit Maine

Our trip to Maine was a dream. I loved every moment of exploring the coast, and I could have been happy spending another month in the area. Before I get into all the details of our trip, I wanted to share five reasons why I think everyone should visit Maine.

Let me let y’all in on a little secret: I’m usually not the biggest fan of lobster. I prefer crab to lobster any day, and I think lobster tastes like whatever sauce is made with it (most of the time butter). That’s not the case with East Coast lobster, especially Maine lobster. It’s sweet and absolutely delicious. For one meal, I had lobster cakes, lobster fettuccini alfredo, and lobster and corn clam chowder. I still prefer warm lobster to cold lobster, so lobster rolls are hit or miss for me, but lobster is definitely a must when you’re in Maine!

Rocky Coastline
We spent most of the time heading up to Bar Harbor on Coastal Highway 1, and it was simply breathtaking. I might have convinced Chris we had to do three boat tours just so I could see the coastline from the water. It’s just that beautiful.

Maine Blueberries
I feel the same way about blueberries as I do lobster. I don’t hate them, but they are by far my least favorite berry. I also don’t like anything made with them (blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, etc). Maine blueberries are a completely different variety, and boy are they good! I even liked the blueberry muffins I tried, but my absolute favorite was fresh Maine blueberry lemonade! Even Chris, who is not the biggest lemonade fan, loved it (though his favorite was the Maine blueberry soda). Now I just need to figure out a way for them to ship some to Texas!

All the Cute Small Towns
There is nothing cuter than coastal towns, and Maine is full of them! When I was working on my list of towns to visit, I had such a hard time narrowing down where to go. We had so much fun walking (and driving) through all the adorable downtowns and stopping at all the interesting little shops.

If you’ve read any of the posts from our Lake Michigan Circle Tour, you know Chris and I love lighthouses. I thought we wouldn’t be able to see many lighthouses on this trip, but there were so many great ones, we ended up seeing more than we planned! I’ll be sharing exactly how many in my Maine by the numbers post next week, but I must say those beautiful lighthouses made the trip even more special for us!

Have you been to Maine? What was your favorite part?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Quick Thoughts: Our Maine Babymoon

Hello, friends! We are back from our Maine babymoon/birthday/anniversary trip! As many of you know, I felt a lot of pressure in deciding where we would go on this trip. There’s something about it being our last big trip before baby is born that made me want to make it as fun of a trip as possible. I can tell y’all I feel like we succeeded for sure. Chris had to push me a little to keep up with our normal pace, but we spent the week enjoying gorgeous weather, amazing ocean views paired with Maine’s striking rugged coastline, exploring the cutest small towns, and indulging on some of the best seafood we’ve ever had! I’m so excited to share this trip with y’all! I’m going to do something a little different this time and share at least part of the trip as soon as I can. I just really can’t wait to start sharing, so I will hopefully have my first post ready for Wednesday!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy 28th Birthday, Hubby!

It’s crazy to me this is the eighth “Super Week” we have celebrated, including the year we got married. Today, I wanted to share some things about my Christopher on his 28th birthday.

He is the best man I know, and he makes me a better person every day. He has the kindest, purest heart, and I’ve never met anyone as humble as he is.

I love watching him fulfill his calling of being a radiologist. Residency is hard, but it is so worth it because it’s so obvious it is what he is meant to do.

He is always up for an adventure. He loves to travel as much as I do, but even when we can’t go anywhere, he is willing to go on the little adventures I find around town, no matter how tired he is.

He is my very best friend. We are always laughing about something, and I would spend every waking moment with him if I could. We struggle a little after trips because we go from seeing each other all the time to barely any time together.

I absolutely can’t wait to see him as a father. Our son will be so lucky to have him. That’s all I’m going to write about that because these pregnancy hormones make me emotional just thinking about it.

Happy 28th birthday, love! I am forever grateful to walk side by side through life with you.

PS-We are headed on our Maine babymoon/birthday/anniversary adventure early tomorrow morning! I know I’ve been struggling with answering comments lately, but my goal is to get them all done as soon as we come back!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Reflections: Surgery Day One Year Later

I have written quite a few reflections over the past few months because it’s crazy to me how many changes there have been over the past year or so. Last year, on July 20, I was finally able to have the surgery I was waiting on for months. I’ve always been amused about the timing of the surgery because after all that waiting, it fell on our busiest week of the year. I didn’t really care at that point, though, because I was in too much pain to enjoy our “Super Week” even if my surgery had been a little later.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget how I felt the night before and the morning of the surgery. Honestly, most of the time I was at peace throughout the process. The night before the surgery, though, reality hit. I was having a major surgery, and obviously, there are many different risks associated with that, but what really made me lose it was knowing I could wake up from anesthesia the next day and find out I could never be a mother. I remember getting in the shower and applying the special soap you have to use before surgery and just sobbing hysterically.

That next morning, I woke up feeling at peace. It was still a hard day, but I knew God was in control, and I had an amazing team of surgeons operating on me. Right before the operation, a pastor from the church I used to work at before I moved to Chicago came in to pray with me and Chris, and that felt like such a huge blessing. When I woke up, I was so thankful to hear everything went almost as well as it could have (you can read all the details here).

As funny as it sounds, I am thankful for all I went through last year because it makes me truly appreciate the blessings we have received this year. Last year on my birthday, I was just thankful to be released from the hospital in time to spend the night in my own bed. This year, I am beyond grateful to be spending it in Maine with my love on our last big trip before the birth of our baby boy. I think all babies are miracles, but finding out I was pregnant this year has been the biggest blessing of our lives. This past year has strengthened my faith and shown me what a true miracle worker God is. He is so faithful!

On a lighter note, you know how I was so worried about losing all my reproductive organs? Well, even though it didn’t happen, somehow it got added to my chart that I had a hysterectomy. They had tried to remove it when I had my stent removed, but apparently it didn’t work because when I showed up to my first pregnancy appointment, my OB told me it was still in my chart, and she had spent 20 minutes trying to remove it, but it was locked! So I was the pregnant lady with a hysterectomy. I think it’s been fixed at this point, but it was pretty hilarious.

Friday, July 14, 2017

How I Told Chris About Baby

Happy Friday, friends! Fridays are even more special to me during pregnancy because they’re the beginning of a new week. Today, I’m 25 weeks pregnant, and I’m finally feeling great after that nasty cold I got from Chris last week! I’m definitely showing these days, and our little guy is constantly moving. I had no idea how much I would love feeling his movements! I’ll write out a full second trimester update after our trip (I can’t believe we are leaving in a little over a week!), but today I wanted to share the story of how I told Chris I was pregnant. I always love reading these stories on other blogs, so I thought it would be fun to document my own!

Walking back from dinner on the day we found out. We were so excited!
I had always wanted to come up with some fun, creative way to tell Chris I was pregnant. Honestly, I thought I would have plenty of time to come up with an idea, but, as I mentioned in my first post about our little one, we got pregnant right away, and I had to think fast.

I found out on February 17, and on Valentine’s Day, Chris had written me a poem. I decided to play off that and wrote a short “poem” to tell him about the baby. I put it together, printed it out, and did whatever I could to kill time waiting for him to come home from the hospital. When he called me to say he was on the way, he asked if he should go to the grocery store on the way, and I told him to just come home because we had leftovers (with the full intention of going out to eat to celebrate the news).

When he got home, I told him I had decided to write him a poem since he had written one for Valentine’s Day and apologized that it was late. I started filming him as he was about to read it, which he thought was weird but figured it was because I’m crazy about documenting things. Here’s what the paper I gave him said:

Life with you is the greatest adventure 
I treasure every moment, big and small 
The only thing better than having you as my husband 
Will be seeing you as a daddy 
I’m so excited to meet Baby Ball!

He jumped when he saw the last line and asked me if I had taken a test. I told him I had and showed it to him (side note: I only took two tests that whole day. As soon as I saw those two pink lines the first time, I was confident it was real.). He gave me a big hug, and then, like the doctor he is, told me not to get too excited because it could be a false positive. We went out for our favorite sunset fajitas to celebrate, and it was honestly the very best first day of knowing we had a baby on the way!

Soon I'll share the stories of how we told both sets of parents!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Twelve Books I Read in June

Hey, friends! Remember that time I had “start blogging three times a week again” on my summer goals…and then I didn’t do anything blogging related last week? Well, Chris brought home some kind of gunk from the hospital, and I’ve been sick with a bad cold all week. I haven’t been able to do much of anything for the past week, but I did manage to read quite a bit while I was resting. It has been a while since I’ve read over ten books, so I was excited that I managed 12 this month! I also read a fun variety of books and liked most of them, which made for a good reading month!

The Library of Light and Shadow by M.J. Rose
(c/o NetGalley)
This book is the third in a series about the daughters of La Lune, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. (I read the first book and skipped the second, and it didn't make any difference in the storyline). I really liked the beginning of this book, and the whole concept was interesting, but I thought the middle dragged quite a bit. If it wasn't for the pacing, this book would be a solid four stars, but I think it is more of a 3.5 stars for me.
It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
(c/o NetGalley)
Honestly, I was pretty disappointed in this book. It is listed as a thriller, but it lacks excitement until almost halfway through. The writing style wasn't my favorite, and I wasn't excited about the ending. There are just so many better thrillers out there. I would pass on this one.

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell
(c/o NetGalley)
Whenever I'm in the mood for a feel-good romance, I know Jill Mansell will deliver. The characters are always quirky and likable, and I like the stories. In this case, I liked both Clemency and Sam, and the book was filled with many funny and heartfelt moments. It would make a perfect summer read!

I Liked My Life: A Novel by Abby Fabiaschi
(c/o NetGalley)
This book was both beautiful and powerful. It deals with a daughter and husband dealing with the aftermath of their mother's/wife's suicide. It also has thoughts from the mother/wife from beyond (which I would normally think is odd, but it was done well). It was raw, heartbreaking, but also full of hope. Honestly, I have avoided this book for a few months because I thought it would be depressing, but it really wasn't. It's definitely a good read!

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
(c/o NetGalley)
I like WWII historical fiction, but I only read it a few times a year. This was my first WWII book of the year, and it was an interesting read. I always learn something new when I read WWII books, and this was no exception. The Kurc family was spread out during the war, so there was information on everything from Siberian work camps to being a refugee in Brazil. I liked how this was based on a true story-it really made everything feel so real and intense. Even though many parts were hard and depressing, there was also a lot of hope throughout the novel. If you like WWII historical fiction, put this book on your list!

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel by Hannah Tinti
(c/o NetGalley)
I don't know if it was a matter of timing, but this story didn't captivate me in any way. The book is well written, but I just couldn't connect to the story. I was bored and felt like I forcing myself to finish. I was also not a big fan of the ending. I know a ton of people who loved this book, but it just wasn't for me.

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
(c/o NetGalley)
This was a short, fun read I finished in one sitting. It took me a little while to warm up to Sunshine, but I think that was the point. I enjoyed seeing her growth throughout the novel. If you're looking for a quick summer read, I would definitely recommend this book!

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
(c/o NetGalley)
This book is the perfect summer read. It's a little sad, but it's also full of hope. It's filled with drama and secrets in a gorgeous setting. I liked all the main characters and found myself rooting for their lives to turn around. If you're hanging out by the pool or going to the beach this summer, pick up this book!

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti
(c/o NetGalley)
This was an interesting thriller about a teacher accused of having an affair with a student...and then the student goes missing. I did think it had a little too many points of view and felt a little slow at times, but I was still eager to see how it ended and was able to finish it quickly!

The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell
(c/o NetGalley)
This book was so dark, raw, and heartbreaking. After her life takes a turn, Hadley returns to her childhood home with her daughter. As soon as she gets there, the secrets of her family begin to unravel. It was one of those stories where you almost don't want to know what happened, but it's hard to look away. If you're into dark but captivating reads, pick up this book.

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
(c/o NetGalley)
I never expected to read this book in one sitting, but it sucked me in, and I couldn't stop reading. I liked it even better than Behind Closed Doors. I liked Cass, and this book had some interesting twists. If you are a fan of thrillers, read this one!

Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese
(c/o NetGalley)
This is a historical fiction novel based on two strong women who were related to each other. One is experiencing Austria at the turn of the century while the other (her niece) is dealing with the beginning of World War II (and beyond). The story is a little slow at times, but it's really interesting, especially since it was based on real women.

Favorite reads in June: Meet Me at Beachcomber BayWe Were the Lucky Ones, and The Breakdown

Linking up with Steph & Jana.

I love book suggestions. What have you read lately?