Friday, April 17, 2015

High Five for Friday: April 17th, 2015

So excited for Friday!  I have been waiting all week for today!  

one // We have maternity photos tomorrow and our second shower on Sunday, so I'm super, super excited for this weekend!  I'm also hoping to get some cleaning and organizing done, but we all know how THAT tends to go.

two // I got a super amazing surprise this week and found out my bedding for the nursery is done!  I'm so, so in love with it!  My friend did such an amazing job making it for little man.  The furniture is coming soon (t-minus one week until the dresser's arrival), but you can bet as soon as that crib shows up, I'm going to have the best day ever putting the bedding set together on it.  It turned out exactly as I pictured it my head and I just cannot wait to see it all come together!!

three // Speaking of all things baby (because when am I not these days), our car seat should be here tomorrow!  I'm ridiculously excited about this too.  (Let's be honest - everything makes me excited these days.  Cleaning? Yep! Laundry? Yes! Who knew...)  I have gone back and forth on the car seat 110 times.  For the longest time we were getting a convertible car seat right off the bat.  (Maxi Cosi Pria 70, if you wondered what we picked.)  And then a couple weeks ago, I decided I didn't like that idea and went back to an infant seat.  So we're still going to get the Maxi Cosi when he's ready for a convertible seat, but I ended up ordering a Chicco Keyfit 30 for the first 10-12 months or so.  (However long he fits correctly, anyway.)  I couldn't find better safety ratings and I have a friend who is basically in love with hers, so Chicco was the winner!

four // I'm basically ready for April to end now.  I'm so exhausted it's not even funny.  We have been on the go every weekend - sometimes multiple trips back home in one weekend.  (It's two hours one way.)  It's been fun, but I need to veg and do nothing.  Even our weekdays have been packed, which is unusual.  Between birth classes and the church audit I'm helping on, I really feel like I haven't stopped running around since March.  I need a vacation.  Or just some sleep.  Maybe both.

five// I'll just leave you with this happy face.  How could you not love waking up to him?



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Favorite Pregnancy Reads

Last week, I shared with you some of my favorite pre-pregnancy books.  Today, I thought I would share my list of favorite pregnancy related reads!


The most traditional book on my list of favs is the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. This is exactly what you would expect: month by month updates, things to expect, pre and post-natal information. Basically, a go-to reference point for all things pregnancy. I have found it to be super easy to read and very, very helpful to have on hand. I leave this one right on my nightstand and flip through it from time to time or if I have a specific question between doctor’s appointments. (I feel like it’s necessary to throw out the disclaimer that this is NOT a replacement for your OB if something feels seriously wrong, but it’s a better resource than Google for all those little questions that pop up as you go along.)


A really fun read that I enjoyed was Heather Alexander’s Secrets of Mommyhood. I hadn’t heard of this book until Heather sent it to me to read, but I loved it! It was great to have a been-there-done-that-not-a-doctor’s point of view for all the things you go through during pregnancy. She had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion and I found her to be really relatable. I really loved the lists she included. As a first time mom, I cherish anyone who can give me a list of must haves, must dos, must think abouts, so that was awesome to have in this book!



For the Dads, I really love Dude, You’re Gonna Be A Dad! I bought this book for Josh with our first pregnancy, but since he never got to read it, we brought it right back out when we found out we were expecting again. I didn’t read this one myself, but I did flip through and I have to say it looks hilarious. Josh has told me a couple times how much he likes it, so I definitely recommend throwing one in the basket for your husband when you’re book shopping. He’ll thank you – and he might just learn a thing or two!



My last favorite is the one I’m working through right now: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. I am not very far into this one, but I have loved every page so far. Ina May is the nation’s leading midwife, so her focus is on natural childbirth. The first portion of the book is all birth stories. I love, love, love how positive and empowering they all are. Everyone has their horror story of their birth(s) to share, so I was thrilled to find a resource for uplifting and motivating birth stories. I have not made any decisions on medicated vs not or any of those other birthing decisions staring me in the face, but I love the stories and guidance in this book and it’s really encouraging me to try natural as much as possible.

There are a few other books I want to read, so I might just be back with a part two if I find some more goods ones to share! Did I miss any fantastic reads?! Let me know – because you can never really read enough on something like this can you? ;)


Disclaimer: Some of the books mentioned above were sent to me to read and review free of charge and are noted as such.  All opinions are, however, my own.  I promise I'm only sharing the real feels given to me by these books.

Monday, April 13, 2015

32 Weeks!


.:.:.: About the Babe :.:.:.
How far along: 32 weeks
Baby is the size of: a honeydew!  4..2-5.8 lbs and 18 in.
Gender: BOY!
Movement: Definite movement very often now - love it!
Name: We have it! :)


.:.:.: About Mom :.:.:.
Weight gain: +33 pounds.
Maternity clothes: oh yes!
Stretch marks: Still none on my stomach.  I'll take it.
Belly button in or out: Still borderline, but I'm giving it a week, maybe two.  It's really getting harder to hide now!
Wedding rings on or off: On - I'm surprised by this actually, but yay!
Sleep: Eh. Getting worse and worse now.
Best moment this week: We had our first baby class!  And we have two this week, two next week, and two more the following week.  BABY OVERLOAD.  But I'm excited!
Buying: I'm so full of lies.  "I'm not going to buy anything until after the next shower." Ha. HA. HA!  I bought a ton this week.  I keep returning to a state of panic as it gets closer about what's going to happen if he comes early, so I finished off our diaper stash and I ordered the car seat.  I'm feeling infinitely better about him coming early now that all of that is on it's way!  (I have zero reason to believe he would come early, but if I'm not prepared, we all know that he would!)
Miss anything: Sleeping through the night.
Cravings: Blue powerade!  So random, but it sounded delicious.  Cravings have really died down lately.  I'm ok with this!  I'm still sticking to my usuals: pineapple and orange juice.  Those have been consistent this entire pregnancy.  But those aren't so bad, so I don't mind!
Queasy or sick: I've started this new thing where I random feel super nauseous for about 5-10 minutes a day.  It's totally random and I kind of hate it.  But thankfully, it's not long lasting and usually laying down fixes it.  
Labor signs: Just braxton hicks, but aside from that NADA!  Hoping it stays that way for several more weeks yet!
Looking forward to: Maternity photos and Shower #2 this weekend!  And getting the dresser next weekend! AH!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Great Pre-Pregnancy Reads

Research is really kind of my thing. Whenever I take up a new hobby, do a new craft, want to organize a new way, I tend to do a lot of Googling. I like to get lots of ideas and opinions before I make one myself. I guess it’s the OCD in me, but it’s always been my go to method of diving into things.

Naturally, when it came to pregnancy it was no different. As soon as we decided to start trying, I basically ordered every book I could get my hands on. So, I thought today I’d share my short list of my favorite pre-pregnancy reads. (I’ll spare you the complete list – it’s really lengthy!) And I’ll be back next week with my favorite pregnancy reads. (Because, you know, once you’re pregnant it’s a whole new ball game and therefore necessary to read a whole new collection of books, right?)

I’ll start with my #1 favorite and my go-to recommendation for all of my friends: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Tori Weschler. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Even if you’re NOT expecting - if you’re female, go get this book and read it. You may have thought you had sex ed in High School, but it is nothing compared to the wealth of information that Tori provides in this book. It’s eye opening and your body makes a TON more sense once you have this information. The book outlines so many topics I don’t even remember them all, but I referenced this book like crazy when I was learning to chart and temp. I did several months of this before TTC to learn my body and honestly, this book spelled it out. It was so, so nice to have. I was AMAZED by how much taking your temperature can tell you about what’s going on inside you. It’s just nuts! Charting is a healthy chunk of this book – learning to tell your body’s signs, what your chart means, sample charts, health issues based on your chart, etc. etc. are covered extensively in this book. The book also talks about gynecological health and some out there things like picking your baby’s sex. I don’t know that I believe in THAT per se, but I believe in this book. It sounds a little dreary, but I PROMISE you, if you want to get pregnant, this should be your #1. You won’t regret it!

Another read I enjoyed was What to Expect Before You’re Expecting. A lot of the contents were common sense, but the book hit on things that I hadn’t thought of as a hopeful to be new mom – things like insurance, maternity leave, eating well, prenatal health, etc. It was a quick and easy read, so I definitely recommend this one if you just want the highlights of how to prepare for conceiving. 




Lastly on this list is the Conception Chronicles. This book was hilarious and it made me laugh out loud SEVERAL times. The girls who wrote it gave very honest advice about conceiving and beyond. The aspect of this book that I liked was the variety of experience. Some girls got pregnant with no problem, some girls needed months, and some needed medical help. So it was really nice to get all perspectives. Obviously you go into trying to conceive hopeful it works perfect for you, but it’s always good to know the possibilities and what you can do if a less than perfect situation arises.

Monday, April 6, 2015

31 Weeks!

.:.:.: About the Babe :.:.:.
How far along: 31 weeks
Baby is the size of: a a head of lettuce!  3-3.8 lbs and 17 in.
Gender: BOY!
Movement: Definite movement very often now - love it!
Name: We have it! :)


.:.:.: About Mom :.:.:.
Weight gain: +30 pounds.
Maternity clothes: oh yes!
Stretch marks: Sadly, yes.  But not on my stomach.  Ech.
Belly button in or out: Still borderline, but I'm giving it a week, maybe two.  It's really getting harder to hide now!
Wedding rings on or off: On - I'm surprised by this actually, but yay!
Sleep: Eh.
Best moment this week: Sorting all the shower gifts - we had so much fun reading the books and putting the items together!
Buying: NOTHING! AH!  We've had shower one, so I'm going to try to keep going through shower two before I spend any gift cards or start buying anything else.  I can do it.  I can wait!
Miss anything: Sleeping through the night.
Cravings: Nothing too specific: just my usuals.
Queasy or sick: Not this week!
Labor signs: Just braxton hicks, but aside from that NADA!  Hoping it stays that way for several more weeks yet!
Looking forward to: Shower #2 and Maternity Photos in TWO WEEKS! EEEEE


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Books and Brunch: Baby Shower #1

This past weekend, my mom threw my first baby shower!  She did such a great job and everything was so adorable and sweet.  I could not have loved it more!

She went with the theme books and brunch - because books and breakfast food are two of my very favorite things.  Josh and I have said from day 1 that reading is going to be a very, very big part of our little man's childhood, just like it was for ours.  I have such great memories of reading with my parents each night before bed and I'm positive that habit is what made me grow up loving to read.  I played library more times than I can count as a kid!  I'm so excited for Baby G to have these memories with his Dad and I and this shower was the absolute perfect way to get him started!

Her color scheme was blues and greens so I helped her to make some paper poms and some tissue garland a la my house warming party.  They are so super easy to do and they looked so great!
Before we look at the food (and get to drooling all over our keyboards), she did an adorable favor station that I wanted to share!  Since the theme was books and brunch, the favors were a coffee mug with several flavors of tea tucked inside.  How stinkin' adorable.  I just loved them!
Ok, so now to food!  For each breakfast food she made, my mom had a matching book set out.  I can't get over how adorable it all looked!  (And delicious.  I literally could have eaten all day.)
She had:
   -- fruit cones with The Very Hungry Caterpillar
   -- a waffle station with If Waffles Were Like Boys
   -- scrambled eggs with Green Eggs and Ham
   -- muffins with If You Give a Moose A Muffin
   -- donuts with If You Give a Dog A Donut
   -- cookies with If You Give a Mouse A Cookie
I was in charge of the party "game," so I chose to do a Decorate A Block station that I had found on Pinterest (SHOCKERRR).  I absolutely love how these turned out and I cannot wait to display them in little man's room!  The guests did the cutest job ever decorating them.
Our little boy got so many amazing things!  He is so, so spoiled already.  We came right home on Saturday night and started sorting and organizing and assembling baby items.  I can't get over how close it is to D-Day.  (Literally.  I'm due on D-Day. HA!)  We're just having so much fun soaking it all in.  I can't believe how soon we're going to be parents and putting all of these items to use!  It's surreal.

I'm trying to keep up on putting things away as we get them, so there's now baby forks in the kitchen drawers and bottles in our cupboard.  Josh opened a drawer and commented how much he loves seeing baby things everywhere.  It really is the best!  

We have Shower #2 coming in about three weeks, so hopefully we can get all these goodies situated before that one rolls around!  We should also be getting a crib and dresser this month (I think) from my dad, so that's really going to make it feel real!  (And be a huge help in cleaning up the nursery - CLOTHES EVERYWHERE! haha!)  

I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around how fast it has gone.  I cannot wait to meet this cute little guy.  C'mon June! :)


Monday, March 30, 2015

30 Weeks!


.:.:.: About the Babe :.:.:.
How far along: 30 weeks
Baby is the size of: a Winter Squash!  3-3.8 lbs and 17 in.
Gender: BOY!
Movement: Definite movement very often now - love it!
Name: We have it! :)


.:.:.: About Mom :.:.:.
Weight gain: +30 pounds.
Maternity clothes: oh yes!
Stretch marks: Sadly, yes.  But not on my stomach.  Ech.
Belly button in or out: Still borderline.  I can't believe it's not popped yet!  (But that's ok.  I don't like outies that much.  lol)
Wedding rings on or off: On - I'm surprised by this actually, but yay!
Sleep: Eh.
Best moment this week: My shower!  Oh it was just the sweestest!  I will recap the day later this week!  :)
Buying: NOTHING! AH!  We've had shower one, so I'm going to try to keep going through shower two before I spend any gift cards or start buying anything else.  I can do it.  I can wait!
Miss anything: Sleeping through the night.
Cravings: Macaroni Salad.  I don't know if I want summer or what, but yesterday I could not get that salad made fast enough!
Queasy or sick: Not this week!
Labor signs: NONE!  YAY!  I'm hoping they stay away for a while.  We need to make it safely to 40 weeks - otherwise my maternity leaves gets all messed up.  HA!  I'm so sure that babe cares about that.  ;)  But that is my goal.
Looking forward to: Organizing all of our shower gifts, washing all of his new clothes, playing with all his new toys, reading all his new books... HIM BEING HERE.  You know, the usual.  ;)