Something In The Way She Moves

Today is 1.11.11

Michael said to me the other day:

“Do you realize that this will only happen again one more time? On 2.22.22. Because there is no 3.33.33!”

This is true! I hope it’s a lucky day for everyone! I know I could use some luckΒ  right about now!

I am working hard on a info packed post for you all. I promised you last week that I would put together a post on “healthy eating.” So that is what I am doing. It take a lot of time and energy for me to NOT ramble when I do these types of posts. As well as make sure I put in all the information I want, and cover all my ground, in so little words (so you all don’t get blogger ADD). Stay tuned. I should have it up tomorrow or Thursday. Hopefully.

For today…my post is going to be completely random (along with my baby name announcement!):

Random topic number 1:

The baby has been kicking like CRAZY for a few weeks now! SheΒ  always stops once Michael comes over to feel. I think she has stage freight πŸ˜‰ But he FINALLY felt her last week, and then again hard core the other night. He said it felt like muscle spasms. When I first felt her move it felt almost like fluttering, or gas bubbles in my stomach. Then it started to feel like popcorn popping. Now I’d have to agree with Michael…it feels like muscle spasms, except they are coming through my stomach. It’s the most AMAZING thing in the world. Feeling LIFE inside of your belly. I even see my belly move when she kicks now! My child is in there! How incredible is that!!??


Speaking of belly movement…I was having terrible stomach pains yesterday. ALL afternoon. It wasn’t abdominal pain, or anything to do with the baby. Or so I think. From what I gathered it was more of a “something I ate” pain. It was not fun. All I had for breakfast was a 1/2 cup of this with some almond milk. I was in a rush:

Usually when I have this it’s MUCH less. I usually add a few tablespoons into my oats, or yogurt, or something like that. However, I have been obsessed with it lately and decided I wanted to have a whole bowl of it for breakfast. My cereal bowls are very small, and I really only had a half a cup…but I don’t know. My pregnant belly didn’t like all that soluble fiber. It could of been the fact that I had the black bean burrito for dinner, and then this for breakfast. Who knows. All I knowΒ  is pre-pregnancy, this would have neverΒ  bothered me.


Belly aches aside. Rumor has it that we’re getting some snow here in Philly tonight. Last year, we had SEVERAL blizzards. This year, it seems we are just getting these annoying 4-6 inchers that prevent me from getting to my clients in the morning; and makes the traffic in the afternoon a pain in the toosh. I am an all or nothing kind of gal. Give me a blizzard, or give me nothing at all. None of this in between where I need to go out and clean annoying snow, or make a decision to cancel clients or not. In a blizzard, it’s no question. In a 6 incher…it’s inconvenient. And people mob the grocery stores. Boo. Go big or go home.

On the plus side, Munchkin LOVES the snow:

We decided that you may be getting a Munchkin photo per day. He is such a ham.

random topic #4:

I read a very interesting article that made me feel MUCH better about my lack of warming up my car in the morning. Do you up warm up your car in the winter? I kind of just put it into gear and go. No matter how cold it is. Time is money, and I don’t have the patience to sit there for 10 minutes and wait for my car to get warm early in the morning.

This is something to read if you are nuts about warming up your car. Apparently the only benefitΒ  is your comfort.

Eight Facts About Warming Up Your Car In Winter




But. You should not have to suffer. Here’s your motivation of the day. Do these plank moves….for me. Since I can not. Add them into your next workout πŸ˜‰

5 Plank Moves


OK. The time has come. Another baby news reveal for you πŸ™‚

Michael and I decided on a name for our baby girl!!!

Are you ready for it???

Here you go……..

Whatcha think???

In the Jewish religion you name after a relative who has passed away.Β  She will be named after Michael’s grandfather, Edward, who meant a lot to him. And my Grandfather, Matthew, who passed away on Christmas Eve 11 years ago. I will also honor my grandmother who passed away right after Christmas, Mary. I am not Jewish, but I wanted to honor my grandparents as well. The plan was to try and incorporate Matthew into my baby’s name. Then, on Christmas, one of the last times I spoke to my grandmother. I told her that my baby girl would be named after her and Pop Pop.Β  I know he was waiting patiently for her, and that this news would have made them both happy.

I hope everyone has a great day!



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  • Reply Keri

    Awwww I LOVE the name! It is beautiful, thanks for sharing. I hear we are supposed to get a foot tomorrow in New Jersey. In the winter I become obsessed with tracking the weather because I am hoping for a snow day tomorrow.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:21 am
    • Reply laury

      You guys are getting KILLED with it in Jersey. I definitely predict a snow day for you! I want a foot! It’s like go big or go home!

      January 11, 2011 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Charlie

    Beautiful name :). Here, we don’t have any snow! All gone. And people say Canada has a lot of snow… πŸ˜›

    January 11, 2011 at 8:21 am
    • Reply laury

      I am sure they do! And thanks πŸ™‚

      January 11, 2011 at 9:29 am
  • Reply susan

    What a beautiful name! I love it, that’s one of the girl names I’d love to call a future girl of mine. It’s such a pretty name Ella.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:33 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Susan! I have loved it from the beginning πŸ™‚

      January 11, 2011 at 9:29 am
  • Reply erica @ fashionmeetsfood

    Oh my goodness Ella is an absolutely gorgeous name. I love it. I always love those super cute pictures of your cat.


    January 11, 2011 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Ella is totally going to be a daddy’s girl–stopping the kicks when he comes over and all! This is just the beginning lol. Have I told you I absolutely love the name? No?? Well I do, it’s just cute and elegant.

    I am all for Munchkin pics every day. If a person can’t smile at a little furry creature, they have no heart in my eyes. Well, furry creatures like cats and dogs, not rats. Eww.

    I need to do more planks, thanks for the reminder. And yay for 1.11.11 I am so excited I am celebrating by going back to bed since I just heard work is closed, hooray!

    January 11, 2011 at 9:39 am
    • Reply laury

      That’s a good point! I will have to tell him that πŸ™‚

      January 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    I’m loving the name laury! So so pretty!! I had a roommate in college named Ella and I have nothing but good connotations with that name! Love it!

    ps. Are you going to talk about protein supplements in your nutrition post? I think I’ve heard you mention you take protein supplements (maybe I’m making that up). I’ve always been skeptical of them so I’ve never done that much research and since I almost never work with athletes….I rarely get asked about it. INterested in your thoughts or what you take and going to search if you’ve already discussed this!

    January 11, 2011 at 9:41 am
    • Reply laury

      I definitely can! I don’t really supplement with protein too much. I would maybe use it a few times a week in my oats because I always do better when I have protein, carb and fat together. I haven’t used it in months though!

      January 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Kristina @ Life as Kristina

    You will be back to planks sooner than you know! Love how active the baby is-we all know who they take after:) Adore the name!

    January 11, 2011 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    I love getting a picture of munchkin every day — he is such a darling!!!

    Ella Morgan is pefect!! πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2011 at 9:59 am
  • Reply mom

    <3 love you, last part actually made me cry. You are going to be such a wonderful mother, Ella Morgan is a very lucky little girl !

    January 11, 2011 at 10:26 am
    • Reply laury

      love you too, momma πŸ™‚

      January 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    i love the name ella! seriously, it’s one of my fave girl names! it’s so beautiful! i agree about the snow, all or nothing! hope your tummy woes sort themselves out πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2011 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Tina

    Sorry to hear about your tummy troubles! Unfortunately too MUCH fiber can cause just as much stomach distress as too little. Seems like you can never win huh?! Lol. Ahh! What a BEAUTIFUL name!! I think that’s so sweet that you are honoring your lived ones with her name! Love it! πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2011 at 10:55 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    ps. read some of your stuff! I just ordered SUn Warrior protein raw vegan, vanilla as suggested by Avery. We’ll see! Have you tried it? I wanted something for both brandon and I to use after the fairly intense weight lifting program we just started (esp. for him).

    January 11, 2011 at 11:11 am
    • Reply laury

      You may like it. I posted about it here:

      I prefer Vega plant based protein over brown rice protein. If you are going to supplement with it, I think Sun Warrior and Vega are the most natural and healthy. That I know of.

      When I am going back to working out really hard again, I will probably start using more protein supplements b/c of the no meat!

      January 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Stefanie

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the name!!! Ella is so adorable. It’s unique too. πŸ™‚

    And you are so right that feeling life inside you is the most amazing thing ever. When Sam first felt Adam move, he was a bit freaked out! haha But then he grew to love it. πŸ™‚

    Yes to everyday Munchkin pics! I’ve been doing daily or every other day pics of Georgie–he’s a ham too!

    January 11, 2011 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Katie

    That is a beautiful name!!

    Sorry about your belly woes – I’m right there with you. Bad pains for the last couple days. Misery loves company?

    January 11, 2011 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Julie

    You were bold to share her name!!! I’m glad all the comments are positive. When I shared some names we were considering, I got, “Oh, I had a kid in my class named X – he was a terror!” Or “The bully in my 6th grade class was named X – no one liked her.” Hopefully your bloggie friends will be nicer – whether they like the name or not! Lol. So far so good. I hope that meanie that told you to edit doesn’t have something mean to say about it. xoxoxo

    January 11, 2011 at 11:51 am
    • Reply laury

      LOL, I figured I had to claim it now!!!

      No one can ruin it for me….I think it’s perfect!!! That meanie was probably on my blog for the first time that day, scanned it for errors, and hated all over it. That’s my assumption. I can’t believe people did that to you before Zachary was born. How rude!

      January 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    No doubt feeling a real human life inside you would be absolutely amazing!! Hopefully she doesn’t stop one day for Michael to feel, too. πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    I LOVE the name!! Its so pretty! you are also naming her after her cool auntie Morgan over at the Little House of Veggies, right??????! haha Seriously though, I love that name. Its beautifuul
    I need to start planking it up more,. I could use the toning in that region of my body. πŸ™‚ I dont ever have to warm up my car. in fact, I actually had to turn on the air conditioner the other day in So Cal. iWe realy dont get much of any winter here at all.
    During my pregnancys, food ALWAYS settles differently than usual. At the beginning of preg. #3 for me, I couldnt look at a salad bar for the life of me. I would see the broccoli and get ill just thinking about it. It went away, but maybe it was all the fiber in the cereal that was hard for your belly. I could totally see that with tons of fiber.
    And last, I think you should make a “cute pictures of Munchkin” photo book and save all these amazingly precious little pictures of him! They are to die for cuteness!

    January 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply laury

      OF COURSE it’s after her Auntie Morgan πŸ˜‰

      I think it’s a beautiful name!!

      Munchkin will appreciate the compliments πŸ™‚ That’s a great idea about doing a Munchi photo book! Good pregnancy project!

      January 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply christina

    i absolutely LOVE her name. love love love. it sounds beautiful.

    January 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Molly @ MollyRunsFresh

    I love the name Ella Morgan! It has a beautiful flow to it and the fact that you named it after family really says a lot.

    January 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    LOVE the name!!! It’s so pretty! I totally love your random thought #4 too, because I am also guilty of just getting in and going… by the time my car is actually warm, I could have already driven to work on most mornings! πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Great name! I’m already aware of that Jewish tradition… trying not to think about it too much because I would make choosing a name tough I’m sure.

    And yes, gotta do something with this 1/1/11!

    January 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply La.

    Totally pretty name! I think you could definitely do a 2 or 3 parter on eating healthy. I LOVE your information posts and if you are thinking of cutting something out due to space please think about just stretching it out. πŸ™‚ I’m loving our 6 inches of snow, but I don’t have clients. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this post!

    January 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply laury

      Great idea breaking it up!!! I will see how it goes, and maybe take your advice!

      January 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Happy January 11th!!!

    So exciting to hear the baby is kicking. I can’t wait to feel that …one day:)
    Munchkin is so cute!! Oddie loves the snow too..he even rolls in it lol!

    I love me some planks too!! Thanks for the new ideas
    And last but DEFINITELY not least, I LOVE the name!! I love how you encorporated family into them as well. It’s such a great way to honor those who have passed!!

    January 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    I am so excited for you …all these changes and awesome life experiences! Wow, you must be thrilled! The name is beautiful and I think that she’ll definitely love her very classy name. πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Jen! I hope so πŸ™‚

      January 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    I LOVE it!! If I ever have a girl I want to name her either Bella or Bayliss (my maiden name). I think Ella is precious, and I am so excited for you!

    January 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Sierra

    BEAUTIFUL name, Laury! πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey

    I was freaking out over the date, too! I love numbers. πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to read more of your blog. I love, love, love fitness and it’s cool that you post moves and stuff. Planks are the best. Your daughter’s name is beautiful!!

    January 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much for coming by πŸ™‚

      January 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Love the name and I also love names that has a story behind them.

    You won’t get any complaints over here about seeing Munchkin’s cute face every day! My cat looked out the window, saw the snow and parked herself so that her back was to the window. Ha! She’s a Florida kitty and I don’t think she liked what she saw.

    I love plank pose, makes me feel so strong and accomplished!

    January 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply (what runs) Lori

    I think Ella Morgan is beautiful!!! I love it! (but if I love it or not doesn’t matter… ha)

    Wow. Life in your tummy. That concept is soooooooooooo weird to me. Glad you’re enjoying the ride though!!!

    January 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm
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    January 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Alycia [Fit n Fresh]

    I so LOVE the name Ella! It makes me think of Ella Enchanted πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Hope your tummy is feeling better!! That article about warming up your car is crazy! I never wanted to warm my car up, but my dad always told me that the car needed! Thanks for posting this! I love the name Ella!! So pretty!! πŸ™‚

    January 12, 2011 at 12:34 am
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