Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pregnancy Update: 17 Weeks!

Gooooood morning! Or afternoon, or evening, whenever you find yourself reading this. It's a beautiful Saturday here in Ohio and I thought a cup of coffee and a pregnancy update sounded like a perfect way to start my day. Week seventeen has been a doozy.

I had a check up this week and we scheduled my anatomy scan! This by far is my favorite ultrasound... baby is the perfect size to see all of his cute little features and movements. It's usually a long ultrasound, and you get so many cute pictures! We go in next week and I can't wait to share with you. Baby had a strong heartbeat and I still haven't gained any weight. Whooo! She said baby is right behind me belly button and I am starting to feel kicks more and more. It makes me even more excited to meet him! After my appointment my mom and I did a little shopping... I am all about a woodland "theme" (I hate that word in reference to babies) and buffalo plaid is giving me life. Tjmaxx had so many cute things but I managed to control myself and only walk away with a few items. How precious is the  receiving blanket set? It has little Pups on it! So obsessed.

New symptoms have cropped up this week which I'm honestly not so excited about. My breasts have been tingling, warm to the touch and stinging. I suspected my milk has been coming in and I was right, I started leaking! I know I should be excited as this is s good sign I'll be able to breastfeed, but it's just one of the not so fun parts of pregnancy for me. Nausea has reared its ugly head once again and I feel sick after every single meal... I was really hoping this pregnancy would be different on the morning sickness front. Along with that I have been dealing with heartburn almost daily. It doesn't make a different what I eat or drink, what position I sleep in... it randomly shows up and it's awful.

It's so funny how each pregnancy differs. With Elizabeth I wanted sweets ALL the time, now I can hardly eat them. I've been craving salty/ savory foods like bacon. Baked bacon to be exact. Just typing that made my mouth water! Bob Evans macaroni and cheese with bacon wrapped chicken and garlic bread.... I want it everyday. Don't worry, I'm aware it's not the healthiest and I've only had it once...I might have to cave this weekend though. Chipotle has also been on my mind almost daily! I can't get enough, it's delicious. And that wraps up this weeks update! If you are expecting, comment and let me know your favorite food craving!

Bless y'all!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Chill & Chat: Is It Hallween Yet?

It's been a minute since I just sat down and shared what's on my mind, what I've been loving, ya know. Just chill and chat time. Elizabeth is currently napping and The Real Housewives of New Jersey is playing in the background, so I'm kinda on borrowed time here. By the way can we just talk about how Bravo is bringing back Ms. Crazy pants Danielle for the new season? I've been watching since the very beginning and wondered when this day would come. I don't know her as a person, but she makes for a great reality tv personality for sure... I can't wait to discuss the new season with you all, I'm sure it's going to be a wild ride. I'm sad that Jac is leaving...she's my fave.

I don't know where you live but here in Ohio the weather has been NUTS! Fall hasn't been good to me so far.  My pregnant body cannot tolerate 90+ degree heat, it's too much. Hopefully later this week we'll get a break.... But let's be real. 1,000 degree temperatures wouldn't stop me from decorating my house on August first. I have pumpkins on my porch and country market candles burning all day long! It's glorious, even if it doesn't feel like fall yet. Have I mentioned the BBW candle dupes I found at Walmart? I'm planning a full review soon, but I'm always raving about them to anyone that will listen. They are unbelievable!

This season is one of my favorites (second only to Christmas) because I LOVE scary movies. Thrillers. Paranormal films. Even kids Halloween movies, I watch them all. I have to say that Scream is one film I could (and do) watch repeatedly without getting bored. Wes Craven is a genius in my eyes... The ending is so unexpected. It scares you, but has a funny undertone as well. I can watch all four everyday from August to November and be totally content. Unfortunately, the Scream series isn't exactly child friendly, so I've enjoyed watching Hocus Pocus with the kids. The Sanderson Sisters are everything.

Who else gets this reference? So accurate. 
October will be here in four days, which feels wrong somehow. I don't know where this year has gone, but I'm so excited for all the things coming in the new year. I've purchased Elizabeth's Halloween costume and I've even started Christmas shopping. What? It's early, I know. I like to start early so we are not super overwhelmed and end up spending our entire Christmas Eve in stores trying to nab last minute gifts because we didn't prepare. And who likes the crowds and struggling to find things because they sold out? Not me. Especially not heavily pregnant me... Which is also the reason I'll be decorating for Christmas this year in early November. Before you disown me, hear me out! I'm the only one that decorates our house, and my mid December I'll just be to pregnant and uncomfortable to get it done this year. Plus, the earlier it goes up the longer you can enjoy it. Win, win.

I think that's all my brain has to offer today, as we've jumped from two different holidays, reality tv and my fave movies. I think I'm going to fold laundry and visit Woodsboro... Wherever you are, I hope the air is cool and you are in good spirits. Until next time, thank you so much for stopping by. Bless!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks

Let's talk about my sixteenth week of pregnancy, shall we? (BTW can we just take a second to soak up how unbelievable that is??) it's a little unsettling how quickly this pregnancy is passing by...and I know it will go by even faster once the holidays roll around. I'm a little late in posting this... My weeks flip on Fridays and it's now the following Wednesday. What can I say, time gets away from me sometimes! Our weekend was super packed taking all three kids all over creation to spend Chandlers birthday money. In case you're wondering, we went to three stores and spent forty five minutes standing in the toy aisle of Walmart trying to make a decision,  lo and behold he ended up buying a video game we looked at in the first five minutes of being in the store. Go figure.

Once we were home recuperating from our shop-a-thon I realized a new symptom has popped up: swollen feet. Y'all I'm telling you I hardly every had this issue with Elizabeth's pregnancy, and when I did it was at the very end. I'm not even halfway and I already have swollen tender feet if I stand for more than an hour at a time. I'm hoping and praying this isn't a signal of complications down the road, so do me a favor and send good vibes my way. Thankfully morning sickness has almost disappeared completely... I only notice it if I go long periods without food or eat something sweet on an empty stomach. It's so crazy how much each pregnancy is different! With Elizabeth all I wanted was sweets. Cookies, cake, ice cream (which I normally do not like) and donuts were my constant craving. This time around I can hardly stomach sweets and if I do want something sugary, the craving is satisfied with a bite or two. Let's hope this carries over after baby boy is should make losing the baby weight a whole lot easier!

Speaking of baby weight, I still haven't gained a pound. Initially with morning sickness I lost around five pounds and still haven't gained that back, so fingers crossed I can make it into the third trimester before the weight comes on. I was the same way with Elizabeth and my doctors assure me its totally I'm not gonna complain! My goal is to gain 20 pounds total with this baby... Maybe I'm nuts but I'm committed to it! With my OB's blessing I've started doing cardio every day at nap time and it was so hard the first few days! After fifteen weeks of inconsistent exercise the struggle was so real. I'm finally starting to finish my time strong, so I'm going to add another five minutes as of Monday so we'll see how that goes! I've been following up with yoga afterward and it's made the biggest difference in my sleep and just overall how I feel. I wish I would have done prenatal yoga with my last pregnancy, I know I would have felt so much better. You should always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine, and there's SO MANY free resources on Pinterest...I encourage you to check it out!

Unfortunately I've slacked majorly on the bump photos so far, so that's a goal for the rest of this pregnancy. On the bright side I've been feeling this little guy kick and wiggle and it's the best feeling in the world! I can't wait until it's more consistent and I can really feel those strong movements. It's one of my favorite parts of pregnancy for sure. It makes everything feel so whoa, hey, you're really in there! Talk about feeling real...we've done a little shopping! In the video below I share our early gender reveal ultrasound experience and a little haul of random baby items we've picked up.

And that's my sixteenth week of pregnancy! I can't wait to share week seventeen with you all ( and hopefully film a vlog to go with it) along with a few other exciting things coming soon. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read (or watch) and share this journey with means more than words.

Stay Blessed.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Carter's Sale Favorites!

Y'all! It's the semi-annual sale at Carter's! If you've been reading my blog or watching my videos for very long you know I am a HUGE Carter's fan. Baby shower? Carter's. Birthday? Carter's. Kids need new clothes? Carter's. You get the picture. I feel like the clothing is good quality that holds up against crazy little people and is still cute and trendy for a very good price. When I received the email about the sale I immediately hopped onto the website and picked my favorites pieces for baby boys and girls to share with you. I hope you are inspired and hit the sale before it ends! Happy shopping!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gender Reveal! It's a...

I've been sitting on this news for almost two weeks... it's been nice keeping this little secret to myself, but I honestly cannot hold it in anymore! We've shared with close family and friends and now it's time to include our internet family. Brandon and I made the decision to have an elective early gender reveal ultrasound at fifteen weeks two days pregnant. The center we went to specializes in early gender reveals and I know so many people who have had wonderful experiences... it was an easy decision for us.

Saturday afternoon we walked into a spacious room with a huge tv on the wall, a bed in the center of the room and the ultrasound machine to the right of the bed. I got comfy on the bed and the tech helped me get into a good position and before we knew it our babe was on the screen wiggling away! It was literally kicking and moving so much she could hardly get a read on the heartbeat... when she finally did I was so excited for Brandon to hear it. After what felt like an eternity (which in reality was about two minutes) baby moved into a good position for a potty shot and BAM!

That's right folks! Elizabeth is going to be a big sister to her baby brother. Brandon was literally shocked and I was so beyond excited. I kept repeating "I can't believe this!" We were so excited to share the news with friends and family and watch the ultrasound at home... the package we purchased came with a DVD of the ultrasound! How neat is that! I can't wait to share a baby boy haul with you all soon... I've been shopping!

We honestly feel so blessed and can't wait to meet him in February. I hope this post finds you all well and I'll see you in Lynne this post.

Bless. 💜

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How To: Keeping Toys Mold Free

My kids live for bath time, especially a bubble bath. My eight year old loves to "soak and relax" (no, I'm not kidding) and my younger two love to splash and play. What kid doesn't?

While scrolling through a mommy group on Facebook I saw a post that sincerely horrified me. Y'all.... a woman noticed some of her sons bath toys had dark spots on the inside, so naturally she investigated by cutting one open. I'm literally gagging trying to type this... inside was covered in mold! MOLD. I stopped reading right then and there and went into the bathroom, grabbed a rubber duck, and cut that sucker open. I was disgusted. It stunk to high heaven and was slimy and had little specks of mold inside... maybe this is something I'm late to the party on but I honestly had no idea this could happen!

I read through the comments on that post and a few moms had an awesome idea.... hot glue the openings to keep water out! Boom! Problem solved! Honestly I wish I could shake the hand of whoever originally thought this up, because it's genius. Anyway, I rounded up all the toys that weren't water tight and tossed them. My daughter chews on those toys and it just makes my stomach turn knowing they were so yucky. Ugh.

After a somewhat disappointing trip to Walmart to get replacements (they didn't have much to choose from) I came home and fired up my glue gun. Most of the toys I bought had one little opening that needed to be taken care literally took two minutes start to finish! Elizabeth loved playing with her new toys and I loved not having to worry about slimy mold hiding inside them! Win win!

I always clean off they kids toys after a bath and lie them out to dry, and now I feel even better about keeping them clean and safe for my babies. I hope you all enjoyed this post, thank you so much for reading!

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