Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Moving On Up...To A Big Boy Room!

We've been thinking about how to arrange things in our house with the new baby coming.  Right after Chase broke his arm he started going through a spell of getting up several times a night so it seemed like maybe a good time to make the transition.  I mean, he wasn't sleeping well anyhow! 
 We not only changed up the decor to resemble a big boy room, we moved him to a completely different room!  And so far, he's loving it!  He's been in there over 2 weeks now!

We were able to use items from other places in our house, so this "new" room was even cheap to create for him.  Win-win for Daddy & Mommy! ;)

  • Bed: I decided it was silly to buy a toddler bed and then a twin/full once he was bigger.  We already had a queen size bed available, so that's his new bed!  He loves sleeping in our bed anyhow, so he just has his own big bed now!
  • Dresser: This was an old Goodwill find that we had been using in Nathan's closet.  Because of some rearranging in our room as well, we didn't need it in there.  Nathan painted it gray for me and replaced the knobs and I just love how it turned out!
  • Bookshelf: This was in our living room when we first got married.  It wasn't being used, so we painted it gray as well to match Chase's new room.
  • Armoire: I got this for my 16th birthday.  It is such a sturdy piece that we've never gotten rid of it even though it didn't match or we didn't have a need for it through the years.  Turns out, (for now) we are using the closet space in this bedroom for some storage, so the armoire is functioning as Chase's closet.
  • Decor: I just repurposed most of the items, but I did purchase the wooden "C" from a facebook seller in our area.  I made the large bicycle canvas (iron-on decal) and then just brought the other stuff in from his nursery.  There is truly no rhyme or reason to the decorations, but it is all neutral pieces and exactly the look I was going for.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Little Celebrating with Friends!

A few weeks back we escaped for a little weekend away with our friends.  We had a 40th Birthday to celebrate {Jimmy} and wonderful accommodations to help with the celebration!
 We got a sitter and left Chase overnight {the 1st time he hasn't had at least one of us with him overnight}.  Of course he did fine and we also enjoyed our time away!  We splurged on a gorgeous room, steak dinner and EVEN room service!  It was so nice to spend time with friends, BUT also just to have a little time away with my man!   I recommend every couple try it every once in a great long while ;)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Easter Sunday

My beautiful baby boy & I on Easter Sunday.
Daddy was busy grilling and missed out on the photo taking.  I rarely get pictures of Chase & I together and I've got to say, I love this one.  

The weather was beautiful on Easter and we were able to be outside for an Easter Egg Hunt.   Our neighbor even brought an Easter basket over for Chase.  He is SO loved!

Mamaw Herring had to work so we spent the afternoon at Mamaw Randall's house and Chase enjoyed playing with all of his cousins!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 14 Weeks

14 Weeks // 2nd Trimester
  • Baby is the size of a lemon
  • From head to bottom, should be over 3 1/2 inches long
  • I've had a sinus infection AND 2 stomach viruses within the past 14 weeks
  • Absolutely no energy & a raging appetite
  • FINALLY this week I am getting my energy back
  • Baby popped out quickly this time around!
  • Have gained 5+ pounds (have to check doc records since their scales & mine do not match)
  • Nausea seems better...only when I don't have much in my belly.  Still appreciate comfort food.
  • I'm told there is a lot of movement in there from our baby...can't wait to feel that again in the coming weeks
  • Feel a lot of tightness in my belly of an evening.
  • Have a little trouble getting comfortable sleeping (or even sitting at my desk all day)
  • Will schedule our 19 week (gender reveal) ultrasound at our next appointment :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chase's Broken Arm

So my little monkey decided to go and give me some extra gray hair!
Back on February 23, he was standing on a chair helping wash dishes playing in the water when he turned, lost his balance and fell off the chair.  He put his arm out to catch his fall, but...
He cried when it happened but after he calmed down went on to eat his lunch and take his morning nap.  He woke up and played just fine the rest of the day...only he wasn't using that arm.

By that evening, it was just slightly swollen right below the elbow but he let me squeeze up and down his arm and didn't really act like it even hurt.  Still he wasn't using that arm.

During the night when we checked on him, he was holding his arm and whimpering in his sleep so we decided to take him in to get it checked out first thing in the morning.
The Doctor didn't even seem sure it was broken or anything because Chase was moving his arm all around, but agreed he was favoring it and it was slightly swollen in that one spot, so he sent us on for x-rays.  They wouldn't let me in with him for x-rays since I am pregnant, so my Mom was able to go in with him.  I just had to stand outside the door while he screamed "Mommy!  Mommy!" the whole time :(
 The Doctor had requested to get the results right away so we just waited in the waiting room until we got the call from him.  They called and confirmed 2 bones right below the elbow were fractured from his fall.  He was handling the whole thing like a champ so I was almost in disbelief and yet felt so bad I hadn't brought him in the day before!

They sent us to the Orthopedic Surgeon's office that afternoon so we didn't know if we were preparing for surgery or just a cast.  Thankfully it was a clean break and he was able to sport this little black cast for just 3 weeks.

So this cast could be fully submerged in water - greatest improvement they've made in the last 10 years ;)  Made things so easy on this mommy.  And I only had to end up cutting a few of his sleeves in order to keep him in shirts during that time.  His Dad taught him that his cast was his armor and that is what Chase would call it!

The night we got home from getting the cast on, he was still trying to climb on everything.  I was so stressed thinking "boy! I cannot take you back to the doctor with another broken limb this very same day!" :)
 The worst part was probably getting the cast off.  They use a saw that is loud & messy.  I wouldn't like the idea of a saw coming at my arm either.  He had x-rays again after they cut his cast off and just stretching his arm out for those after it had been in a bent position for 3 weeks was pretty uncomfortable!  

I was kind of nervous when I saw his arm because it looked bowed.  Apparently (and maybe this in just in children - I don't know) the body tells itself there is an injury and it heals with extra tissue to protect everything.  They showed us the x-ray and it shows a bump there on his arm where the extra tissue is around the original break.  They assured us that it just goes away within a few months once the body realizes it has healed.  Where does this tissue go, I wonder? :)

Anyhow, he's all good now.  I've never had a broken bone in my life and here he didn't even make it until 2 years old.  I know this is just the 1st of many more scares for this Mommy!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What I Wore: February Review

Oh the joys of a changing body ;)
 I actually love fitting in maternity clothes because they are COMFY...lamo over here!  
I also love that so much of my wardrobe is versatile and can be worn during most of my pregnancy.
I'm amazed kind of scared about how quick this baby is popping out.
...and since my appetite was raging for several weeks, I've done the "work" to actually make the belly pop! lol
Some days I'm all about wanting to feel cute and other days, my new pjs from Gap Clearance Store (hello $1.99) are my best friend!  no shame! 
The most exciting thing is the fact that I have bare legs in some of these pictures.  Folks, my legs are the first thing to get cold on me and I CAN'T STAND being cold.  The fact that we've had a few spring-like days is enough to put a smile on a face and celebrate with a milkshake ;)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

...and baby makes 4!

Chase is going to be a big brother in October and we are SUPER excited about it!  He understands enough to say Mommy has a baby in her belly, but that's about it ;)

We have confirmed there is only ONE baby, but so far my pregnancy is feeling VERY different than what I experienced with Chase.  
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How far along are you: 9 weeks & 2 days
Baby is the size of a grape
Highlight of the week:  Had our 1st ultrasound yesterday.  Got to hear the heartbeat!
Symptoms:  Raging appetite | extreme exhaustion (DST sure doesn't help this!) | little baby bump already!