Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bumpdate - 18 weeks

·  How far along are you? --18 weeks! Finally starting to feel like I'm getting somewhere with this pregnancy.

·  How I'm feeling:  --Still feeling pretty good, thankfully! Only a few headaches lately which is a major improvement.

·  Total weight gain: --None, still at a deficit.

·  Cool baby facts:  -- "You feel him twisting, rolling, kicking, and punching his way around the womb. Plus, he's developing yawning and hiccupping skills (you may feel those soon, too!) and his own unique set of toe and fingerprints. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born."

 How big is baby?  --This week, baby is about the size of a sweet potato, 5.5" long and weighs around 7 ounces

·  Sleep: --Still sleeping well. My stomach has "popped" lately so tummy sleeping is now a no-go. Sad! :(  

·  Maternity Clothes:  --I had to bust out the maternity pants for the first time this weekend, lol. 

Best moment this week:  --I found and ordered his nursery bedding! Can't wait to get it. Also, we had a great midwife appointment a few days ago, I adore her so much! He was hiding from the doppler so he scared me for a minute or so but we did "catch" him long enough to get a heart rate of 126. I think it was 126. My memory is so terrible. Haha.

 Movement: --I feel more and more movement every day. It's amazing how you can literally feel the baby growing week by week based on the strength of the movements you feel! At first, it's just little nudges and flutters and it doesn't take long before it's full on movement. Can't wait until Piper can feel her baby brother moving all around!

·  Food cravings: --Depends on the day, really. The other day we went to my fav Italian restaurant because I suddenly needed chicken alfredo RIGHT NOW, lol.

·  Food aversions: --I still have them but they aren't quite as strong as they have been so YAY!

·  Belly button in or out: -- In. Very in. Lol.

·  What I miss:  --I still miss clear skin. Seriously so embarrassing.

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --The anatomy scan. It'll be at least a month away but I have been so worried/anxious with this pregnancy that it will be nice to have that over with and KNOW if everything looks healthy and normal.
·  Randoms: --I feel like Mitchell and I will never agree on a name for this sweet boy!!! We had names chosen way before Piper was ever even a thought so this is really driving me nuts. I think about it every single day. 

And because it's the first belly pic I've taken this pregnancy, here I am in all my yoga-pants glory! Hahahah. I'm serious, I went from not really showing at all to THIS overnight. Wowza! It looks pretty similar to my belly with Piper when I compare pictures, I seem to carry pretty high! The top of my stomach is hard as a rock which perplexes me, he's so much lower! Pregnancy is weird. ;)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Recap

We had such a fun, busy weekend! We were pretty busy on Friday but for now I'll just focus on Saturday and Sunday because none of Friday's shenanigans were blog-worthy, lol :

Saturday morning started off with yard work and outdoor projects including repotting a couple of my plants. In the midst of some of this, Piper found a caterpillar and got SUPER excited and begged us to put it in a jar. I feel a little bad for him because I know his odds of survival are not good but we will do our best. LOL. She checks on him 9809283091 times per day and is so infatuated with him and his little habitat. We have added a few carrot slices and a strawberry for him to munch on and we poked lots of holes in the lid so ... good luck, little feller! ;)

Yesterday afternoon, our church put on a fun Easter event. Not just a regular ole egg hunt, either. We made an afternoon of it and the event had face painting, a bounce house, a petting zoo, the egg hunt, and cook out with hamburgers/hot dogs and lots of yummy sides and dessert, too! It was a really fun event and I hope we do it again next year. It was pretty darn windy but nothin' stops an egg hunt! :) We had quite a good turnout if you ask me, I saw lots of unfamiliar (read: non church member) faces so that was encouraging to see!

 She loved the rainbow face painting! She also loved the petting zoo, especially the baby goat!

There was a bunch of yummy food but Piper was quite partial to the yummy iced sugar cookies. She heard the egg hunt about to start and panicked and shoved half the remaining cookie in her mouth and then started laughing because she was having trouble eating it, LOL. Silly goose. 

Then...it was time for the big event, the egg hunt! They divide it up in to age ranges, thankfully. I think that is a wise decision. Piper made me laugh...and made me proud, all at the same time, because she was one of two kids that made a mad dash straight for the back of field so she could avoid the mayhem and get the pick of the litter when it came to eggs, hahah! She filled her basket before most of the kids even made it that far. Too funny. I didn't even tell her to do it was the funny part! :) 

After the egg hunt, we headed off for YMCA's Camp Carter. A friend from my mommy group had invited us to a firework show they do each Spring and it was so much fun! The wind had died down and it was a BEAUTIFUL evening for it. The kids had so much fun playing and waiting for the sun to go down. My mom and dad went with us , too! The kids had so much fun - it is so cute to watch fireworks with little ones around. They are just so in awe and think it is absolute magic to see the fireworks go off! :) The grand finale was the best part of the whole evening - so cool!

Piper had to have the headphones on, of course ;)

Throwing rocks in the pond

Needless to say, she was dog tired by the time we got home. Her head the pillow and she was out like a light. Whew! Busy, fun day. :) 

It was overcast and rainy on Sunday which slowed some of our outdoor plans down a little but that's ok! Despite a few squabbles with Miss Piper who has been a bit of a turd the past few weeks, it was still a fun day. She dressed herself (it wasn't even cold! Look at her outfit, LOL!) and went to stand out in the rain after we got back from grocery shopping:

She loves her Dora umbrella!

A few hours later.....Jasmine decided to roll around in the wet spots.  It doesn't look so bad in the picture but she had mud ALL OVER. Lovely. ;)

Needless to say, she got her first-ever outdoor bath and she didn't care for it too much. Too bad!

Meanwhile, the lazy aka easy dog watched the whole debacle from afar:

Life with two dogs and a 4 year old .... always entertaining, right??

The rest of the day was fun and pretty uneventful. We grilled tbones for supper, put Piper to bed early, and spent the rest of the night being bums and watching movies and standup comedy on Netflix. Not a bad way to spend the remainder of the weekend. We didn't deep clean the house like we need to (Spring cleaning, anyone?) but...eh. Sometimes it's nice to just relax a little bit, too.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Big news at our casa!

We found out a little while back that we are expecting a precious baby........

*drum roll please*







............. BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The first words out of Piper's mouth were "I TOLD YOU it was going to be a boy baby!!!!!" She wanted a little brother SO BAD - I'm honestly relieved I don't have to worry about her reaction if it was a girl anymore, hahah! I tried telling her a million times that it could very well be a girl and she kept saying things like "well, we can have a girl AFTER a baby brother" or "no thank you, I want a brother", LOL. What can I say, girlfriend knows what she wants! ;)

Mitchell and I are both very, very excited! This is our last baby so it was our one and only chance at having a son so it will be very fun to experience life as a boy mama, too! I will admit a small part of me did want a girl, too, because I wanted Piper to have a sister (I am SO close to my sister!) but that's not what God had in store for us and I am 100% okay with that. I would have been a lot happy and a little bit sad either way  since this is our last baby and I know that's normal. I am excited to start getting a nursery together and start shopping for boy clothes! My sister is also pregnant and due two weeks before me and she is *also* having a boy so it really is super awesome in every way. I know they will be the best of friends and I am so excited to raise our babies together!

It's so nice to know who I'm incubating in there, finally! I was so much more impatient this time than I was with Piper. One little boy and one little girl ... how perfect could it be?!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Nine [4.12.14]

I'll Be There for You

1) This song begins with, "So no one told you life was gonna be this way …" What do you wish you knew five years ago about your life now?

--Oh gosh, I don't know! 5 years ago, we were living in a duplex in KS expecting our first child. We had no idea what the next five years would look like. I guess I would tell my then-self to "hang on, you're in for heck of a ride!". There are also a few  difficult things that I'd warn myself about but hindsight is 20/20! 

2) This is, of course, the theme from Friends, which is frequently shown back-to-back on TVLand and TBS. Have you ever "binge-watched" a show, catching episode after episode?
--Yes! I went through a Big Love and Friday Night Lights stage last year and watched the full seasons in a matter of weeks.

3) On the show, Monica and Rachel shared a beautiful 2BR/2BA Soho apartment with a private balcony. It's estimated that such a pad would cost at least $3500/month in today's real-life New York. Describe your dream home.
--My dream home is a large, sprawling ranch on 2-3 acres of land surrounded by tons of trees for privacy. 4 bedrooms, 2 living spaces, and a big ole kitchen with a walk-in pantry. I'm really not that picky but those things are all on my list for the next house. Some day!
4) Of the six main characters, only Chandler was an only child. Do you have any siblings?
--I do, I have a twin sister that I am very close to.

5) Gunther was the barista at Central Perk, the coffee shop where the Friends hung out. He had an ongoing, unrequited love for Rachel. Are you crushing on anyone right now? Does he/she know?
--My husband! Pretty sure he knows. Just a hunch. ;) 

6) Currently Matt ("Joey") LeBlanc stars in the Showtime series Episodes, playing a character named Matt LeBlanc. If there was going to be series based on your life, who would play you?
--It's hard to even imagine that! I have no idea who would play me?! Certainly none of the skinny minny Hollywod chicks that I can think of, lol!

7) Courtney Cox, who portrayed Monica, has the Twitter handle @CourtneyCox and has 628,000 followers. What was your last tweet?
--Hmmm, let me go fetch it, I can't remember!
"Baby sure is active in there tonight! Always interesting in the early days of movement. So weird and bizarre feeling!"

 8) The creators of Friends were massive soap opera fans. They named their characters after recurring characters on All My Children* and had Joey appear on Days of Our Lives. Have you ever been hooked on a daytime drama?

9) The band who performed this song, The Rembrandts, took their name from the famous Dutch painter. Can you see any artwork from where you're sitting right now? Tell us about it (and yes, a school painting by your 7-year-old nephew counts).
--There is Piper artwork all over my living room coffee table right now! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Disney On Ice!

I'm almost a week late posting this but, hey, what's new? ;) It's been a crazy busy week! I have other fun news to share also but I'll save it for another day.

We were able to get awesome tickets for the Disney On Ice tour that came through Dallas last weekend. This is the first event of this type we've taken Piper to and she had an absolute BLAST! We have been waiting until she was a little older so she would "get" it and fully enjoy it. We didn't want to drop a lot of money on an event that she was too young to understand and I would say a little over 4 is a perfect age for this type of thing!

The show was fantastic. I truly enjoyed it just as much as she did! I could not stop smiling and neither could she. I had just as much fun watching her little face light up as I did watching the excellent Disney characters do their flips and spins and lifts on ice. She was so overcome with joy for the full two hours - it was just absolutely priceless and a memory I will never, ever forget!

The show as at the American Airlines center and it was really nice and clean. The seating was a little tight but that is the case everywhere it seems. I would love to go to a Stars or Mavs game there sometime!

Piper picked out a little Minnie Mouse 'wand' that lights up and spins around and she also got a pair of Mickey ears with the twelve dollar cotton candy. The things we do for love. ;) Ha!!

I didn't get very good pictures because I forgot my real camera but cell pics are better than none! Thank goodness for my cell phone, I would never have pictures of anything if I didn't bring my phone along, I swear!


Piper & daddy before the show!            

  Also, if you are wondering why she is wearing headphone in these pictures, it's because Piper is highly senstive to loud noises. In fact, the first words out of her mouth when we surprised her with the  news about taking her to see the show, she said "YAY!!! Can we take the headphones, please?" Ha! Bless her heart. She has always been super sensitive to loud noises so the headphones are a must-have in this family!

And last but not least, here's a short video I was able to capture of part of the show so I can remember how cool this was a few years from now! We will definitely have to go again some day when they come back!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Nine [4.05.14]

Can't Buy Me Love

1) In this song, Beatle Paul offers to buy his girl a diamond ring. Do you wear rings?
--I do when I leave the house. I find jewelery uncomfortable for all day wear, though, so I only wear it when I leave the house. 

2) This song was written by boyhood friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who went on to become the most successful songwriters of the 20th century. Tell us about  your best friend from "the old neighborhood." Do you know where he or she is today?
--I have several childhood "best friends" and know where all of them are and what they're up to. :)

3) The Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Beatles first performed to a mass American audience, is now the home of The Late Show with David Letterman. Do you have a favorite late night talk show?
--Not really. I always liked Jay Leno best but now he's gone so my next favorite would probably be Jimmy Kimmel. 

4) In 1964, when this song became #1, one of top TV shows was My Favorite Martian. Do you believe in life on other planets?
--Of course I do. It kind of shocks me when people don't. Lol. 

5) In those days, homes had rotary dial phones, often affixed to the wall, with the receiver always tethered by a curly cord. Does your home still have a landline phone?
--Negative. The only people that call landlines anymore are telemarketers anyway so no thanks!

6) 1964 was the year GI Joe first appeared on toy shelves. Tell us about one of your favorite childhood toys.
--So, I'm not good at remembering details like this, lol. I'll just say I loved to roller blade and my sister and I spent lots and lots of time tearin' up and down the Talley Trail growin' up.

7) Ringo was the first Beatle to become a grandfather. His granddaughter, Tatia, is now a rock musician. If you were to follow your grandfather into his chosen profession, what would you be doing now?
--I would either own a small engine shop and then become a school bus driver or I would be a hotel owner and then eventually a  bar owner/bar tender. Haha. The thought of doing any of those things makes me giggle, definitely nothing I would be good at! 

8) Paul McCartney admits he enjoys watching MasterChef. What show do you go out of your way to catch?
--I honestly don't watch much TV, I can go weeks without turning it on. The only shows I MUST WATCH when they are on are Grey's Anatomy, Vampire Diairies, and Nashville. Even still, I can let them build up on the TiVo for weeks before getting caught up lol. 

9) The paparazzi has often caught Paul pedaling a bike around Martha's Vineyard. What's your favorite form of exercise?
--Er, just look at me. I clearly  don't enjoy exercising. Hahahahah. If I HAD to pick, though, it would be dancing. At least that's fun.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bumpdate - 16 weeks!

·  How far along are you? --16 weeks

·  How I'm feeling:  --I have been feeling A LOT better the past couple of weeks, thank you GOD! Some days, I start feeling yucky around 5-6pm or so but that is a major improvement over all day long, every single day! And the headaches and migraines have tapered off a lot as well.

·  Total weight gain: --None, still at a deficit (which is ok because I weigh too much to start with lol)

·  Cool baby facts:  -- "The bones that are now in place in his ears means he can probably hear your voice as you talk to your partner and pals and sing in the car. While he’s getting used to your voice, the tiny muscles in his body, especially the ones in his back, are gaining strength, so he can straighten out a little more. And thanks to his developing facial muscles, your baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints, even at this early stage.  And his eyes are finally working, making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light (although the eyelids are still sealed)."

 How big is baby?  --This week, baby is about the size of an avocado (4.5" long).

·  Sleep: --Sleeping pretty good lately! Still a lot more tired than usual but I know that's normal.

·  Maternity Clothes:  --Still don't need them although I suspect I will start showing before too long.

Best moment this week:  --We made baby's first purchase! :) I got the baby's first cloth diaper in the mail this weekend and that was pretty fun! It's a bumGenius diaper, of course (my fav!) in the new color, Hummingbird. LOVE!

 Movement: --The flutters I felt a couple of weeks ago were the real deal! The movements have been getting stronger over the past two weeks and there is unmistakable movement happening every day now. :) I LOVE IT. It's so reassuring. I was honestly pretty freaked out by it when pregnant with Piper but the daily reassurance after all we've been through certainly changes my opinion this time - I enjoy it!

·  Food cravings: --I had my first major craving this time and it was for pork tamales on Sunday. LOL. Mitchell drove all over town looking for the tamale guy! They were SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good.

·  Food aversions: --Still have way too many of these to count, unfortunately.

·  Belly button in or out: -- N/A

·  What I miss:  --Clear skin!!! I don't know why  my skin gets sooooo broken out when I'm pregnant but it sure is humiliating and hard on the self esteem! My skin was bad with Piper, too, but I don't remember it being THIS bad!?!?

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --Still anxious to know if it's a boy or girl! So much more impatient this time. 
·  Randoms: --I need to get the guest bedroom furniture sold so we can start clearing it out for the nursery! :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday Nine [3.29.14]

Too Close

1) This song is about a friendship that turned romantic ... and it doesn't end happily. Have you ever crossed that line with a friend? If so, how did it work out?
--Yes, I have, and I'm happily married to him! :) I met him on my first day of high school, ended up falling head over heels in love with him and waited a year and a half to finally start dating him. I had all but given up when he finally took the bull by the horns and asked me out.

2) When he was a kid, this week's singer, Alex Clare, listened to his dad's Stevie Wonder records. When you were in 7th/8th grades, what music were you into?
--Oh, goodness. I don't know exactly but probably NSync if they were still around at that point.  Were they? I dunno, my memory is so bad lol. I think I remember the Kid Rock and Sheryl Crowe song being big that year? Who knows, honestly.

3) "Too Close" has been featured on the TV show, The Vampire Diaries. Do you enjoy shows/books/movies about the supernatural?
--I do! 

4) Some of Alex Clare's tour dates were sponsored by Bud Light. Do you like beer?
--That's a big fat no. Beer is vile. Honestly, almost all alcohol is. The only drinks I don't mind are the mixed  drinks that taste nothing like alcohol. Lol 

5) Mr. Clare trained to be a chef, just in case the music thing didn't work out. Are you a good cook?
--I tend to think so. :) My hubby doesn't complain anyway!

6) Crazy Sam is forever running out of mayo because she slathers it on her sandwiches. What is currently on your grocery list?
--Speaking of mayo, this just reminded me that we're on the last bottle so I need to keep an eye out for a sale/coupons, lol. I try to never run out of things and always have a backup or two in the pantry. I just went grocery shopping a couple of days ago so my list isn't super long.

7) Where are you most likely to find spare change -- between the sofa cushions, in your jeans as you toss them into the washer, or under the floor mat of your car?
--In my purse or in the ash  tray in my van.

8) How did you spend your Friday night -- working late, hanging out with friends, or just enjoying a quiet night at home?
--I was at Lauren & Mark's house last night. It was a good evening. :) 

9) Do you use Pinterest?
--Not much. I used to use it a lot but it's been on the back burner for a couple of years now.  I did make a couple of new boards this month to pin baby things, though. :0)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time for the big girl bed!

Today was another big milestone for us! Piper is sleeping in her twin twin bed tonight for the first time and she is SO excited. It was her "grand finale" award for learning to sleep in her room all night long and she has done PERFECT for the past 2.5 months so it was time to make good on our promise!

She's been sleeping in her toddler bed until now but it's been a tight squeeze for the past six months or so, especially because she insists on sleeping with approximately eight thousand stuffed animals and books each night, lol. Anyway, her toddler bed was converted from her crib, and we'll be needing the crib back soon anyway (YAY!!!!!) so it was time.

We bought the twin bed last week, let it "off gas" for a few days (seriously, new mattresses wreak) and today was the big day! She was soooo giddy all morning as we cleared out her room, disassembled her toddler bed and hauled it out and brought in the new bedding and new bed. She kept saying "Thank you, mommy and daddy!" over and over as we put the new bed together. The first thing she said when she sat on her bed was "I'm like the princess and the pea!" Ha! Too cute. This bed is definitely a lot taller than she's used to - she takes a running jump to get in to it, it's pretty cute.

I yoinked this pic from my Instagram page, sorry for the poor quality lol.

It sure was nice to be able to sit on her bed and read her goodnight stories and say our prayers! I'm normally sitting in the floor or kneeling next to the bed and now I have a much better set-up as far as that is concerned. :) She was giggling as I tucked her in and saying "this is soooo cool, I can't wait to try this out!". Love my sweet girl!

I need to get a simple headboard somewhere and find a cute picture to put on the green wall now that there's wall space for something there but it'll come with time. For now, she's tickled pink & therefore so am I!

PS: I just snuck in her room to snap a pic of her sleeping in her bed for the first time and totally risked waking her up because of the flash but it was worth it. Hahah. She scrunched her face up at the flash but stayed asleep :)

The large bulge under the covers next to her is the mound of stuffed animals :P

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Oh, hey, where have I been?!

You may have noticed I've dropped off the face of the planet since Christmas. Wondering what I've been up to?

Well, I've been sicker than a dog.  No worries, it's nothing contagious. ;) This is what I've been up to....

Yep, that's right.....our precious little "rainbow baby" is on the way and we could not be more thrilled! :) Most don't know the details of our very private struggle to expand our family, including a heartbreaking miscarriage and failed private adoption last fall that we were praying so hard would work out. God had other plans and here we are, trucking right along with a miracle baby and we are so beyond thrilled. We never imagined there would be a nearly five year age gap between Piper and our next child but that's the way things go sometimes. We're just grateful for the chance to have one more little baby and could not be more ecstatic.  Piper is the light of our lives but we have longed to give her a sibling for SO long and we can't wait to see her in her big sister role! She is so excited and thinks she is going to have a little brother. :)

A few of my friends have done weekly "bumpdates" throughout their pregnancies and I always found them interesting. Wish I had done this with Piper! :) I doubt I will succeed with updating every week but I will try.

·  How far along are you? --14 weeks, 2 days
·  How I'm feeling:  --Terrible. I have struggled with terrible, terrible nausea and food aversions, just like I did with Piper. The last two weeks I have also been battling terrible migraines which are an extra sort of terrible when you can't take medicine! My babies are so mean to mama in-utero!   Lol. 
·  Total weight gain: --Ha! Yeah right. Major weight loss currently. Too bad I can't lose weight this easily when NOT pregnant! :)

·  Cool baby facts:  --Ummm. The websites all mention hair this week. "Hair is big news this week! Your baby is growing lots of it, not only on her head and brows but all over her body. The hair on your baby's body is an ultra-fine down, called lanugo. This down usually disappears before birth."

·  How big is baby?  --We obviously don't know for sure but 14week babies are about the size of a lemon. 
·  Sleep: --Sleeping is about the only thing I'm interested in lately. =\ I'm not normally the type that requires a ton of sleep or takes naps but this pregnancy, I am SPENT. I feel so much more tired than I ever did with Piper?! Thankfully I do get plenty of sleep each night for the most part and she does let me sneak a few naps here and there so that's helpful, too. I'm hoping that now that I'm in my second trimester, I will start feeling more energetic soon!

·  Maternity Clothes:  --No need so far! Not showing yet. 

·  Best moment this week:  --Will be on Saturday but it has nothing to do with MY baby. We find out if my sister is going to give me a nephew or my first niece and I can't waaaaaait!!!!Did I mention my twin sister is due two weeks before me? :) Super cool.
·  Movement: --Feeling a few flutters the past few days - we will see within the next week or two if that's what it really is. I started feeling movement around 16/17 weeks with Piper so this is a lot earlier than I was expecting but ... maybe! 
·  Food cravings: --Are you kidding?! All food is disgusting! lol
·  Food aversions: --Everything. Eeeeeeeeverything. 
·  Belly button in or out: --Normal of course. Not far enough along for this to be relevant yet. :) 
·  What I miss:  --Being able to sleep without getting up to pee 4+ times per night. Ugh! 

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --Finding out who I'm gestating in there! A boy?! Another girl?! 
·  Randoms: --The only thing I can think of to mention is that I have round ligament pain from time to time and that caught me by surprise! Never had that with Piper. But I could certainly do without the skin breakouts that pregnancy loves to give me. Not a fan!! 
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