Last Leg

August 21, 2011

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At the airport! Thankful I made it safely and on time. I just hope the next leg of my journey goes the same!

Thanks so much to Sabrina, Trig and the Bambino for their hospitality today – I very much enjoyed my homey afternoon!

We joined Gina and Tom for an early dinner at Parc, a French restaurant at Rittenhouse Square, for a final HLS social event. These two couples are not only both glowing with pregnancy excitement, but they are all such wonderful nice people. The gentlemen – such gentlemen! I very much enjoyed lots of baby talk at the table since our time to begin thinking about all this is not too far away. (!).

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Bread basket deliciousness. I think I had 2.5 pieces – small ones! – that helped tide me over to my entree salad

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I ordered the famous Warm Shrimp Salad with a bright buree blanc, avocado and tomatoes

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It was quite scrumptious!

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I said an early farewell to my friends and hopped in a cab to ride to the airport.

Macaroon for dessert!

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Sitting in the terminal now, blogging and working, waiting for my flight. Hope Virginia is as fun as I left it!

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1 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

What a fun day!! It’s great that you were able to stay in Philly longer and hang out with friends! Have a safe flight back to VA.


2 Kelsey @ My Search of Summer August 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

The end of a busy and exciting weekend is always the worst!


3 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs August 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Wait, what!? Your time to think about this is not that far away, but you’re not pregnant? Are you guys going to start TRYING? The suspense is killing me!!!! in other news, beautiful photo of the 2 couples, I love both of their blogs!!


4 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Not pregnant :) Could be a year…just thinking about it!


5 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

You’d have super cute kids…and then you’d take awesome pictures of them 😉


6 Immy August 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

If you have any desire to use the only Charlottesville midwife that delivers at MJH (Donna Vinal) call now and just go for an annual appointment (it will still take a month or two to get in) that way when you are pregnant, she will take you with no problem. She only takes ten pregnancies a month, so new people rarely can get in with her.


7 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thanks, I’ll look into it!


8 Erin August 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I used to think midwives were some new age craziness. However, I had a midwife deliver my son and would recommend it to anyone!! Definitely the way to go!!


9 Mindy @ GlutenFreeMinG August 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

What is the difference? (Excuse my ignorance please :) )


10 Immy August 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Well I can only speak of my experience, but they are vastly different. One, most of the OB practices in Charlottesville have 5 to 10 doctors, you rotate through them for your monthly visit and you have NO idea who will be present at your birth. My midwife was my only care provider, she is partnered with an OB for some reason you would need a him, but I never worried about who would be there when I was in labor.

The second and really the most important, is that most midwives support a less invasive more natural approach to birth. Alternative forms of pain relief, not lying flat in a bed (the worse position for birth), no constant fetal monitoring, no episiotomies, and she stays with you the WHOLE labor. My midwife’s c-section percentage was about 8%, which is far less than the 30% that the nation is currently running.

This seems to give a pretty good look at midwife care (although I do support home birth as well, and know many who have had them in Charlottesville),0


11 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Very helpful..thanks!


12 Erin August 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

It could have simply been her personality, but I saw a male OB for the first half of my pregnancy, and while I did like him, once I started seeing the midwife I felt like she was more interested. And even though men go to school to learn how to deliver babies, they can’t really know what it’s like. She always took her time with me and answered all of our questions. She went to great lengths to avoid an episiotomy, which I had been told was the worst part. Overall, I had a great experience and would recommend at least looking into having a midwife. As far as the technical difference between an OB and a midwife, I couldn’t tell you…I just preferred the “well taken care of” feeling I had with her.


13 Lauren August 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Welcome (soon) to Va again! It’s been STORMY!! Your “big” news is KILLING me! So suspenseful Kath! Not fair…. 😉


14 Hillary August 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I bet all of that baby fever is contagious!!


15 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Aw! I love glowing mommies to be! Soooo cute! :)


16 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Very excited to hear that your time for baby is not too far away!!!!


17 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

What a great wind-down to the last bit of your HLS weekend.

Being surrounded by all the estrogen and oxytocin…is awesome. Hopefully you felt the calm happy mama vibes ooozing in the air!

And when that magical time comes for you, congrats in advance to you and Matt b/c I know you’ll be amazing parent :)


18 Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl August 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Babies are so contagious! Get me in a room with a bunch of pregnant women and new mommies and I instantly want to start a family! Not to mention reading all these awesome blog moms and moms-to-be, I think it might be time for the “family planning” pow-wow! haha!


19 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

You’re going to a wonderful momma one day! I can’t wait for when that happens….!!


20 kaila @ healthy helper! August 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

What a fun end to the day!!! And also a wonderful dinner! The company looked great! :)


21 Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) August 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Ah!! Parc…one of my favorites. How great is that raisin bread?! I am actually going to Parc tomorrow!!! and that is the salad that I always get. great choice, Kath!!!! safe travels.


22 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

The shrimp salad looks delicious! Yum :)

Hope the rest of your travel goes smoothly!!


23 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Have a safe flight! See you tomorrow…?


24 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Sounds like such a wonderful dinner to send you off! Hope the trip home goes perfectly for you! :)


25 Lourdes August 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Love that u have still kept us so well posted during the busy weekend! Thx!


26 Aria August 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Looks like you had a great time in Philly :) Love that my GH (Wayne) provided lunch and that you loved it as much as I do!! They are the closest location to my apt (about 25 minutes) and I’m there at least once a week lol


27 Cait's Plate August 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Safe travels back!


28 Hannah August 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Yes, it does seem to be babypalooza in the American Healthy Blogger scene at the moment! Hormones abounding! 😛


29 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Looks like you had a great time :) Safe travels!


30 Lauri ( August 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Looks like you had such a fun trip! I’ve enjoyed reading all of your recaps!

Sounds like yo have stirred up a good bit of baby talk 😉


31 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Safe travels!!

Looks like it was a perfectly fun blogger meet up:)


32 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers August 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

i spy the camera case we both have! :) i really enjoyed meeting with you and chatting over lunch on thursday. it was great to finally say “hi” in person!


33 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm

:) really enjoyed meeting you too!


34 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I love when there are interesting breads in the basket, rather than only white bread! sooo delicious! I hope you’re flight is on time! I hate when my flight is already late at night, and then it gets delayed!


35 Ashley August 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Looks like such a great time!! Wish I could have been there for your early today. Miss all 3 of you ladies! Hopefully we will be seeing each other in a few months! Safe travels home.


36 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm



37 Pam August 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Oh how exciting, you are thinking about having a family soon!!! That’s great news :)


38 [email protected] August 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I love all of the community among all of you amazing bloggers! It’s awesome to see so many of you meet up with each other for meals, to exercise, etc. Thanks for sharing all of your stories of the HLS weekend!


39 lynn @ the actor's diet August 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

yummers! my hubby says a lot of the phillies go there to eat.


40 Christine (The Raw Project) August 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

What a great day with such wonderful bloggers!


41 Khushboo August 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Those ladies really do have the pregnancy glow! Welcome Home :)


42 CJ @ August 22, 2011 at 5:30 am

Parc is an awesome place with an absolutely gorgeous environment. If you ever get back to Philly, you must go there for brunch. It is absolutely delicious!!! I highly reccomend the french toast :-)


43 [email protected] Flying ONION August 22, 2011 at 6:27 am

There’s no place like home, even after such a fun event!!

Hopefully I’ll make it one of these years, as I’d love to meet all of the lovely ladies I’ve been reading so much about.

Safe trip home!! 😀


44 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 22, 2011 at 6:31 am

Safe flight back! That bread looks amazing :)


45 Molly @ RDexposed August 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

Adding avocado to a meal is always a good idea!


46 Allison August 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

I love when restaurants have an assortment of breads!

P.S. No fear, VA will forever be fun [partially biased since it’s the only state I’ve lived in] 😛


47 Marci August 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Hi Kath–I would recommend not blogging about the whole conceiving experience. It took us four months, and it was a little stressful. I had a lot of questions but found it better to ask people individually and try not to dwell on why it wasn’t working. We are planners too and I wanted to know WHY and what I could be doing. I am 10 weeks now, and still not public to the world, and it’s actually been nice to not start talking about it, accepting tips, and hearing stories from others. I know it will get crazy soon and be the only thing people talk about, so it’s nice to enjoy the quiet right now! But let me tell you–be glad you are around bread and cheese all day. It’s my favorite in all combos right now.


48 KathEats August 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Congrats on being 10 weeks!!

I know it could take a long time, and I’m prepared for that. But I’m also a really open person, so I feel like if I was stressed out and hiding it it would be worse than sharing my frustrations with my readers.


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