Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 34 Weeks

34 Weeks
 Baby Size: Approximately 18 inches long and 4 3/4 pounds
  • She moves around A LOT - while I love feeling her move, sometimes it makes my belly so sore!
  • I have trouble sleeping because my body is so sore of an evening
  • I am experiencing complete exhaustion... mentally & physically
  • I am wearing mostly maternity clothes - still can wear some maxi dresses & skirts as well
  • I eat several cups of crushed ice a day...finally found out my iron is low, I guess it's not just for helping me cool off : /
  • Have gained 23 pounds so far
  • I'm happy to read that babies born now and between 37 weeks generally do fine with no other health problems.  I'm always thankful to get to another "stage"!
  • I'm not eating much at this stage (at least compared to a few months back!).  I just feel like I don't have room anymore.
  • I feel out of breath - a lot!
During our ultrasound, she was kicking and moving around so much!  The tech said she hadn't had that active of a baby in awhile!

She also had her tongue and mouth moving almost every time we got a look at her face :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Chase Update: 27 Months

27 Months!
This boy!  He has my heart.
He knows how to make me laugh
...and he knows how to push my nerves to the limit!
 We're working on him obeying - the first time he's told.
He's a pretty scheduled toddler, by his own doing.
He's reserved with unknown things/people.
He's funny...and he knows it! 
He has Mommy & Daddy wrapped around his fingers!  
He's started having (what seems to be) bad dreams and has ended up in our bed quite a bit lately.  
... we kind of enjoy it though! :)  He's the best cuddle-bug!
Chase has been enjoying sweet tea and pepsi this summer.
His Papa spoils him and lets him have little drinks here and there!
He has gone to the fridge and said, "I neeeeeed a Pepsi!" on more than one occasion.
Chase isn't a big breakfast eater, but will normally eat pretty good for lunch and/or dinner.
The doctor said according to his height he is actually underweight.
He loves cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, peas, cottage cheese, corn on the cob
and other healthier foods so it's no wonder. 
He is getting a few cups of chocolate milk here and there to help fatten him up! :)
Chase has a big vocabulary.  
He talks in sentences and mimics so much of what we say and do.
He wants to be involved in everything we do...
Chase potty too
Chase bye-bye too
Chase always wants to know where we are going when we get in the car.
He will go down the list of family & friends to see if we are heading to their houses.
He is a very stubborn and independent little guy.  
I'm glad in some ways and want to direct it, but...
other times it makes discipline or teaching experiences with him a lot harder to handle.
I put off potty training over the summer since we had so many activities scheduled.
He is acting somewhat interested so I need to get on that again.
Two in diapers for very long isn't sounding appealing :)
Chase is in 2T clothes...getting taller by the day.
I've had fun dressing him and he seems to enjoy when he knows he has something new on.
He always wants to run and show his Daddy.
He lights up around his Daddy - always!  I love to see the way they interact with one another.
Chase is starting to say the baby's name more frequently and he'll sometimes hug my tummy.
He says he is going to be a good big brother
... but he also said he doesn't want her to come home and live at our house! :)
I love life with this little guy.  
Having him & his Dad love me is what makes my world go 'round!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

What I Wore: June/July Review

Getting dressed hasn't been as much fun with the "growth" I've experienced recently :)  My belly has been especially sore so wearing anything tight hasn't been comfortable ...and I've been choosing comfort over style!  It makes Leah in a better mood when she's comfortable lol
bracelet, // sandals, payless // striped maternity dress, old navy 
black tee, target
black sandals, target // black tshirt maternity dress, target // black & white vest, ross
coral skinny belt, target // gold watch, target
black wedge sandals, target // black maternity maxi dress, old navy // gold watch, target 
gray & white striped maternity dress, target // turquoise wedges, payless
gray skinny watch, target // fossil bag, mother's day gift 
gray maxi dress, black wedges, purple cardigan, gray skinny belt, gray skinny watch -->
all from target! :)
fuchsia cardigan, old navy // black & white striped dress, target // black wedge sandals, target
gold watch, target

I've quite a few items on repeat so this review covered 2 months. 
If my next "What I Wore" review isn't for another 2 months, 
I should be out of these maternity clothes!  
Such a welcomed thought!

Monday, August 10, 2015

4th of July... a belated update

Oh goodness!  Going through photos and seeing how busy we've been this summer is wearing me out just thinking about it.  It's been such a good busy that it's hard to complain though!  Fun with friends is what we had for the 4th of July.

Chase was up way past bedtime and a little apprehensive about the loud noises, but at least he didn't cry and was able to enjoy the pretty lights.

We've been friends with Jimmy & Carla since our high school days.  It's such a blessing to have a history with friendships that makes your friends feel more like family!  We're having fun raising our families and experiencing life together.  They're keepers and the older I get the more I'm thankful for friends like them!

The Salisbury's let us crash their cookout (on their new back patio!) and then we all went to a new place for fireworks.  We were able to pull our cars right into perfect spots about 15 minutes before the fireworks started and then get out of the parking lot within 5 minutes of them ending!  Success! lol (for us not so patient ones!)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Our Family Vacation, 2015

... or better known as #mplvaca15

We happen to be good friends with my husband's business partner & his family so we planned our family vacation around some strategic business planning they were getting away to do.  It was so much fun!

This summer we headed to Pigeon Forge for a week.  Nathan & I do not regularly take vacations, so this time away AND together as a family was so enjoyable!
 We shopped outlets, ate lots of yummy food, had late night chats in the living room of our cabin, visited Dollywood, Splash Country, Gatlinburg Aquarium, Dixie Stampede and more!  We initially said we weren't going to plan a lot of activities, but then just fitting in what we wanted to do while we were there kept us on our toes.   
 Chase adapted to the environment change so well and was a "happy little camper" while we were away.  It was so fun experiencing so many "first" with him!

And to top it all off, to be able to spend time with my friend!  Jennifer & I have been friends since I was in the 8th grade!  That is a lot of memories through the years and how fun that now, after all of this time, our husbands are friends (even business partners) and we are raising little boys right around the same age.  

I'm so glad we laugh through the stressful stuff and cry through the happy stuff (and no, I don't have that turned around!) lol  She's like the sister I never had and I'm thankful for the extra time I had this summer to experience life with her! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

30 Weeks
Baby Size: Approx 15.7 inches long and weighing in around 3 pounds

  • Have gained 22 pounds so far
  • Starting to have trouble sleeping - body is sore a lot
  • Baby girl moves around a lot!
  • After a busy day I have quite a bit of cramping and pressure and have to relax/lie down in order to get relief
  • Still wear some regular clothes and some maternity clothes - at the awkward "I just look big in everything" stage
  • I crave crushed ice and normally have a cup every morning and every evening.  I assume it has something to do with the very hot/humid weather we are having
  • Have started working on baby girl's nursery.  Using some of the same stuff I had for Chase and bringing out coral in her accent pieces
  • Have enjoyed finding cute little outfits for her... have her dresser and closet all organized by size
  • My belly button officially sticks out
  • Chase now pats my boobs & belly and says "baby"... bless him :)
This whole pregnancy has been different.  I have felt different physically and it seems to be effecting me differently emotionally.  On the physical part, I started showing very early so have pretty much felt huge the whole time I've been pregnant.  I had a lot more sickness (only feeling nauseated) this time so it felt more wearing on my body.  At this stage I already feel like I did towards the very end with my first pregnancy.  The doctor has assured me it is all very normal with a second pregnancy.  

With having additional responsibilities at home with a toddler, relaxing of an evening hasn't been nearly as convenient as it was when I was pregnant with Chase either.  I'm also pregnant during a different season of the year, so just the difference in temperatures while growing my own little human has been something new to face.  

While everything has gone well and we have not had any scares this time around, I've found myself wishing away the weeks until she is born... and then of course, I feel guilty about that.  I'm trying to savor the movement I feel inside of me during these last few weeks and the protective feeling I have for this unborn baby already.  I don't want to wish away time when this could end up being my last time to experience it all.

Emotionally I'm torn between loving every stage Chase has gone through so far and enjoying him so much that I have not put near as much thought into our new baby.  Chase was our first and after waiting 12 years to have a baby, every single thing we experienced with his pregnancy and birth was the most exciting thing ever!  I'm sure it's normal - after all, we have more responsibilities now and having a 2 year old sure does tie up a lot of energy.  I also have those feelings of guilt that I will have patience with both of them and still be able to show them love equally.  I want Chase to know he is still my little buddy and don't want to go insane spreading my energy between a newborn, 2 year old, husband, household responsibilities and work responsibilities.  I worry that I will not be enough, but just like I adjusted to being a Mom the first time around, I figure I will make it one way or another.  

I'm so blessed with a hands-on husband that is so good with Chase and I know our little girl will have him wrapped around her little fingers as well.  We are additionally blessed with family close by that enable me to go back to work all the while keeping my babies out of daycare.  The security and financial blessing from that is so wonderful.  My employer has (so far) been able to allow me to work from home nearly every Friday - giving me a little extra time to focus on my family and a designated day to schedule all of those appointments that come with pregnancy/children/home maintenance, etc.

At my last doctor's appointment, he was looking back through the records of my last pregnancy and noting things that I was experiencing last time around 30 weeks.  It was the only appointment that I was stressed, crying and just overall emotional with everything I was feeling in that very moment.  Interesting that I'm there - right now - at this exact stage in my pregnancy again!  The good part about that is knowing the exciting things to come!  8 weeks off work... 8 weeks off work... 8 weeks off work... 8 weeks off work :)  You get the point!  Adding another baby to our family should just be the icing on the cake! :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Work Trips: May

May was a busy month!  I had two work trips, assignments @ work and family vacation planned all within one month!

At the beginning of the month I headed to New Orleans for a client conference.  We had to present on the last morning there and it was a success - so another new experience for me!
I had not been to New Orleans before, so we took some time to see the sites - and smells :)
It was a busy but good time, but I learned flying while pregnant wasn't so much fun for me :(

The 2nd trip was a client conference to Chicago.  We always enjoy the Fashion Mall behind our hotel & eating yummy food while we are there!
This was one conference where I didn't have to be in "work wear" so I was happy about that.

Unless I have quick day trips throughout the summer, I think that is the last of my work travels for the year.  Maternity leave is getting closer!!!! :)