Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Luck of the Irish

Here we are, friends. The date that has been on my mental calendar ever since we first heard this sweet baby's heartbeat last August- 3.17.15. So far, he seems to be quite content where he is - much to the disappointment of his sweet little Irishman of a big brother who is eagerly waiting for his new best friend to arrive. We'll just have to wait and see...

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Eighteen months

It is so hard to believe that our sweet boy will be 18 months this Thursday! He is the most joyful little guy and has never met a stranger. He is usually dancing or waving or both. Right now, his signature dance move involves bending at his knees while waving his index finger around in the air. If you're lucky, he will also add in some side steps. I have yet to capture this on video, but I have made it my mission to do so before he outgrows it.

We have officially dropped down to one nap a day and we are so thankful it's a long one. He usually sleeps for around 3 hours in the afternoon and still sleeps 11 or so hours at night. This tired (still pregnant) momma is most grateful for a huge chunk of downtime after lunch. He doesn't seem to be the pickiest of eaters, but definitely lets us know his preferences. Right now, the favorites are pasta, broccoli, peaches, blueberries, avocados, sweet potatoes and fish. He will also not turn down some good queso and chips when we go on family dates to Taqueria del sol- a boy after his momma's heart!

Finn's absolute favorite thing in the world right now is being outside and running around- this is working wonderfully with the warm temps but not so much with the prego momma whose pace resembles that of an overstuffed penguin. Luckily, this has been daddy's role when he gets home and they will play outside until it's time for dinner. I have a feeling this summer will be filled with much more time at the playground and outdoor activities than last and I'm pretty excited about it. He loves any and all animals and will wave at them- real or fake. He LOVES airplanes and will throw his hand up in the air and yell every time he hears one whether we're inside or outside.

We scheduled Finn's 18 month check up a couple weeks early, since we weren't sure when baby brother would be making his arrival. Clearly, we could've still gone this week since baby brother seems quite content where he is. His stats are currently 24lbs (50th %) and 32in. (25th %). He is also still in 12 mo. pj's, size 4 diapers and 12-18mos. clothes although last weekend, he did fit into a pair of his 9 mo shorts from last summer. We love our sweet little guy to pieces!

 Like I said.. loves animals- real or fake.
Golf. All day. Everyday. A boy after his daddy's heart.
Loves going shopping with mommy.

 Our "family dinners" have turned into "family breakfasts" as more littles keep arriving!
This big boy also got his very first haircut at 17 months. It was probably the most still I've seen him in his life and I still can't believe it went so smoothly.

Out to breakfast to celebrate!

And to the playground

Besides outside, his favorite spot to go with daddy is to the Golfsmith (and it might be daddy's favorite too).
 Eyeing up his shot.
These chunky thighs (in his 9 mo. shorts) are ready for spring!
And because mommy is still pregnant, we go out for doughnuts. 
 Operation walk this baby out.
 We love you so much baby boy and are so blessed to be your mommy and daddy! We know you will be the best big brother and are excited that your new best buddy will be here any day now!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The nursery and pregnancy final stretch

Ok friends, I think the husband and I have finally caught up to the fact that another baby is about to join our family. In the past month, we've sorted through all of our baby gear, installed the car seat, packed our hospital bags, taken our hospital tour, washed and organized the baby clothes, reorganized the guest room and finally made a nursery space (combined guest room) for our new little guy. I'd always envisioned myself taking an entire pregnancy to carefully plan out every detail of a nursery and being done with it way before the third trimester even started so I could sit and reflect in it daily. And really, I was able to do that with Finn's room  complete with Pinterest crafts and plenty of personal touches. This time around, though, we didn't even start on baby boy's room until I was almost 35 weeks so needless to say I was a huge help. But really, Dustin has been the biggest help to get this room ready in such a short amount of time while I waddle around and fold baby clothes. Baby boy is already entering this world as a very much loved, wanted and prayed for child, but a second child nonetheless. Here is a peek inside of baby boy's room.

 We already had the closet doors off from our cloffice project before Finn, so we kept them off to make the room feel bigger. The little blue outfit hanging in the middle was Dustin's when he was born, so that will be baby boy's coming home outfit from the hospital.

The only thing missing is his name hanging on the wall above his crib for which we have the letters, but I left them down for the pictures. We're not really keeping it a secret, but I'd like for it to make it's blog debut when he does.

Shockingly enough, I have remembered to take a few more pictures to document this pregnancy- so here I am in the home stretch- literally.

32 Weeks

Someone is going to miss his "seat"

 34 Weeks

36 Weeks

And for kicks, here is the official "pregnancy list" for what will definitely be the last time.
How far along: 36 weeks
Baby Size: a head of lettuce. ~18 in. & 6 lbs.
Weight gain: +25 (see food cravings below.)
Maternity clothes: Yes.
Sleep: Negative- thanks to frequent bathroom trips, back pain and a teething toddler. 
Gender: BOY!
Movement: He's running out of room in there, but I still feel plenty of rolls and squirms.
Best moment this week: Checking all of my pre-baby to-do items off my list!
Looking forward to: Meeting this sweet boy and seeing Finn as a big brother
Food cravings: salt and vinegar chips and milk and cookies and most recently grapefruit.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  It doesn't make me sick, but I haven't really been wanting ground beef or burgers.
Labor Signs: nope- baby boy has definitely dropped majorly in the past couple of days and I've been feeling every bit of it.
What I miss: sleep, having energy to keep up with Finn and my back not hurting constantly
Symptoms: lower back pain big time, exhaustion
Nursery: Done!
Belly Button in or out? In- but barely hanging in there
Wedding rings on or off? On- thankful for no swelling anywhere whatsoever- maybe winter is to thank for that?
Mood: Couldn't be happier! 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Favorite Things: Pregnancy Edition

My previous "favorite things" post on baby items got a lot of great reviews last year, so I thought I'd put a list together of my favorite pregnancy items so far. Just like with baby gear, I realize everyone has their own opinion and preference, but these are a few of my favorites...

1. Snoogle body pillow- $54.99
Now I know what you're thinking. That is a very expensive pillow. Especially considering the fact I also got the cover for easy washing. BUT I have had sleeping issues since early on in this pregnancy. With an active toddler, that didn't leave much time during the day to rest and catch up. I needed something that would keep me on my side comfortably as I usually ended up on my back. This pillow has been so amazing and comfortable and has given me better sleep than I imagined. It's easier to manipulate than using multiple pillows; however, it is also larger and bulkier. All in all, I highly recommend it if you're having issues with sleep during your pregnancy.

2. Burt's Bees Mama Bee belly butter- $12.99
This was recommended to me by a friend early in my pregnancy- basically as soon as I started growing. I've since used it everyday and love it. It goes on super smooth, has minimal scent and is made of natural ingredients. Stretch marks are really genetic, so there is no miracle cure that will keep you from getting them if it's in your genes, but I feel good knowing that I'm staying moisturized and giving my body every bit of help I can. So far, I haven't had any stretch marks, but honestly, I could be covered head to toe in stretch marks and not care less.
 3. My Neti pot- $10.99
I actually listed this as one of my favorite things several years ago, but pregnancy is giving it all new meaning. Sinus issues are common during pregnancy and I have definitely seen my share. I had a nasty cold a couple weeks ago and my neti pot was pretty much my only option if I wanted to stay med free. I did it almost every hour when it was really bad and now I've just been doing it once or twice a day to keep my sinuses clear.

4. Breathe Right nasal strips-$8.43
These go along with #3 above. I started using these when I was sick and couldn't breathe at night. I would use my neti pot and then put on one of these stylish bad boys and I was good to go for the night.
5. Bracoo maternity support belt- $13.60
Speaking of style... ok kidding, but seriously this has been such a lifesaver. I have been having a lot of pain in my lower back- mainly due to bending, squatting and carrying our sweet big brother around. The husband helps out a lot when he's home, but he does have a job which leaves me chasing after and carrying Finn most days. This belt has really helped support my back and leaves me with less pain in the evenings- which is when I would usually feel it the most. You can wear it over a tank top but under your clothes so that nobody can even see it if you're in public. Usually at home, I don't really care, so I look like I'm continually moving couches all day.
6. Target BeMaternity BeBands- $16.99
This is Target's version of the BellaBand. Same concept, cheaper price point. I have used both and really can't tell a difference. I actually bought a few of these the very first time I was pregnant several years ago and have gotten my use out of them this time around. I was able to extend the life of my regular pants and jeans much longer than I would have without them. They will also come in handy post-pregnancy to hopefully get me back in those same jeans sooner :)

So that's it for now. I am also compiling a list of a few of my favorites for having a second baby so stay tuned for that.
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas wrap-up

Since we're a week into 2015, I figured I ought to post the last of our Christmas pictures. The Tuesday before Christmas, we packed up and headed to Aiken to celebrate with my family for a few days. We soaked up every minute of our last Christmas with just this little guy. I did a poor job of documenting everything in pictures this time around, but that's just what happens when you're 29 weeks pregnant and chasing around an active toddler. Here are a couple pics I manage to capture...

We went to the candlelight Christmas eve service at my parents' church.

Our little reindeer.

 Not so bright and early on Christmas morning.

 On Christmas, we drink out of festive cups.

 Nonna with Finn.
 This happy boy makes my heart smile.

 Our attempt at getting a picture in front of the tree of Christmas morning.

The day after Christmas, we packed up from there and headed down to Orlando to spend some time in the warm weather with Dustin's fam. I am so sad at the lack of pictures I took, but that is just how it goes when there is so much activity going on with 6 grand kids 9 and under. We were able to spend quite a bit of time at the pools since it was warm and beautiful outside.
 We went to Magic Kingdom for a day and left Finn back with Oma, Opa and his cousin Colton so we could enjoy some time with the "big kids". We also spent the afternoon with Dustin's sister and the four oldest kiddos but again the phone or camera never got pulled out for pics.
 Resting up during lunch.

So glad we got to spend the day with Dustin's brother and his wife. We are even more excited that they will be welcoming a sweet baby in June just a few months after our newest arrival!

We all spent the day at Sea World together and this also happened to be the only day that it rained.

 Love these boys! Can't wait to add another one in just 10 short weeks!
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