23 Weeks

So I’m going back to pregnancy updates like I did last go round! These were super fun to do and to look back on!

How far along ? 23 weeks! I’ll be 6 months in a week!

How big is baby? According to my babycenter app, about the size of a large mango. ~11inches long and over a pound

Symptoms: a little fatigue, frequent need to pee because I feel pressure low, increased appetite. Had a lot of headaches during first trimester but I think those are mostly gone.

Total weight gain: at least 10 pounds

Maternity clothes: I’ve basically been in maternity clothes since we found out we were expecting again 😄 I’ve been loving stretchy bodycon dresses with a maternity “spandex” i found on amazon. (I’m wearing Target maternity side panel jeans in this week’s pic but I don’t love them.)

Sleep: so far so good, I use my maternity body pillow and sleep on my left side

Stretch marks: ive been using shea butter but yes I see them

Food cravings: meh not really, although I’ve been eating chicken which I wasn’t doing pre-pregnancy. Also fruit snacks, but who doesn’t love those?

Best moment: putting a bikini on for my nieces birthday this past weekend and feeling so cute!

Movement: yes, I notice most movement during the day like 10am and various times through the day but maybe it’s the way I sit in my desk chair

Labor signs: no

Belly button in or out: in, but it’s super flat like the back of it is a lot closer to the front now

What I miss: being able to bend down freely and lift things. With the move into the new house there’s so many boxes to unpack and sort thru and it’s taking me longer to get it done

What I look forward to: planning the baby shower!

Milestones: ?

Weekly wisdom: ask for help! Having babygirl#1 around who was already super helpful is saving me a lot, when I drop things she is always there to pick it up for me, she’s always ready to help me clean up and wants to be more independent so she asks to help me in the kitchen and wants to mostly get ready by herself. It frees me up a little which is great cause it takes me a little longer to do everything these days

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Few months later- BIG news!

So I realized my last post was about our wedding. It was one month after and we were still time traveling in our minds back to the beautiful weekend that we will never forget. I mean I subconsciously try to plan a return trip every time my mind drifts off.

But yeah 7 months later and now ..

We bought a house and are expecting baby #2 !

As you can imagine, things have been super hectic around here cause of all of that!!

We decided we would need a bigger place to support our growing family, and contacted our realtor and then everything went into overdrive. We spent some time decluttering our house, removing personal touches and getting it ready for potential buyers. We also got a storage unit to box up things to make for an easier transition.

We officially listed our house Feb 21, 2019 and we closed on both houses by April 11! Honestly it could have probably been even sooner but planning a sell and buy and coordinating between the different parties was a lot.

But we’re just so happy to be in our new place that we are OBSESSED WITH. We’ve already done some work on it and are continuing to slowly unpack and sort thru our stuff, can’t wait to show y’all 💕

Convos with a Toddler- ep 9

Getting ready for splash splash time otherwise known as bathtime, and babygirl spots two large ants.

Her: mommy look two bugs!

Me: where ? Let me see

Her: see there in the shower!

Me: ok *as proceed to wash to them down the drain*

Her: I want to go to a snowy country, I don’t like this country with all these bugs

Me: *laughing* like where? You know snowy countries have bugs too right? Remember Chicago? It snows there but they also have bugs

Her: yeah I like Chicago, let’s go there

Weekend in Review – Teacher Appreciation Stuff

Life has been a bit of a blur, cookie orders, work stress and wedding planning have had me super caught up. I’ve even been missing from the gym, tsk tsk. I have a wedding I need to look amazing for!

I started off last weekend pretty well though; on the couch watching Star Wars movies all day. Yep nerd alert, I’m obsessed. And May 4 is Star Wars Day and TBS treated your girl with her fav movies all day long.

Actually I stepped out for a minute to deliver Teacher’s Appreciation cookies to some customers. I even put on my fancy new chef coat. I felt super legit wearing it, and now need to task someone with embroidering my name on that bad boy. Or my logo. Or maybe just my name, since I’m still undecided about rebranding.

I waited at Starbucks in between and treated myself to a Triple Mocha Frappe, wowwmagawd that thing was soooo good. I know it probably had mad calories in it, but man it was worth it.

For the teachers in my life, I spent the weekend getting a little crafty to thank them. Work station was looking like a tornado went off, but when I’m in creative mode that doesn’t always align with clean mode. It’s the only downside to the creative fun; the whirlwind of stuff after.

Check out these super cute mini cookies I made!

Sunday mini and I made a point to go have lunch together, (like she had a choice). Can you guess which one was mine? Also I got the side salad to make it seem healthy, but the dressing was just not doing it for me. I ate as much of it as i could (half) and disposed of the rest unhappily. I hate wasting food like that, but the dressing was such a buzzkill and was irking my tastebuds. I did get lots of healthy veggies on my pizza though! And I only ate half for lunch, I saved the rest for dinner.

First Baby-Free Weekend in almost 5 years

Holy guacamole, I can’t believe we’ve never had a real weekend away from babygirl in almost 5 years!

I’m not saying I’m trying to shirk my parenting responsibilities or anything cause I loveeee my princess, but a girl needs a break every now and then. I also think it’s super important for parents to remember who they were together before they became Mom & Dad.

It’s actually by way of an interesting turn of events that we scored our free weekend, and it happened to fall on my off Friday. JACKPOT.

We slept in Friday morning and I caught up on a few hours of work before heading out to get fresh hair cuts and eat some delicious food at this new healthy eating spot called Fresh Kitchen.

After that, we finally got to see Black Panther.

I felt like we were the last ones to see it, and have been avoiding all articles, comments and discussion about the movie because I didn’t want to be tainted before watching it.

Movie was great.

Saturday we spent most of the day at our marriage class, the real reason we got a kid free few days.

I thought the class was great; we talked about communication, finances, conflict resolution, personality types, parenting styles and natural family planning to name a few. Honestly probably every engaged couple should have to take something like that, get you to think about the bigger picture and are you guys on the same page.

Later we met up for drinks with D’s cousin.

We basically stayed out all of Saturday.

Sunday was for church, house cleaning, at-home movie watching and me practicing my calligraphy.

Though we missed her a lot and felt weird doing things without her, I think in the future we will need to look at planning more kid free weekends so baby girl can spend time with her family, and we can spend time as a couple. It was nice to just get up and go and do whatever we wanted with our staycation. And I know babygirl had a grand time getting spoiled this weekend as well. She didn’t even want to come home. 🙂

Weekend in Review- soccer & nibs

Weekend started with some Saturday soccer, our new normal.

Babygirl did sooo good. As a thoughtful loving little person, she has struggled a little bit with the aggressiveness that soccer requires. She sees the kids she plays with, as teammates and friends. That’s a great thing! I love that she understands teamwork and sharing, but when it comes down to playing against each other we needed her to just get out there and fight for the ball.

And this Saturday she did! She jumped in the thick of it all, and kicked the ball out and really showed the progress in her ball handling skills. I was super impressed! And she was happy to receive all the praise I was giving.

I made sure to get some arts and crafts time with her in so we could do an activity together.

She’s been obsessed with painting lately because she has been gifted lots of art supplies, so we painted this bird house.

Also at Hobby Lobby , i was able to pick up some ink and bibs… because I’m taking calligraphy up.

What’s that? I’m crazy you say? When do you even have the time to play with calligraphy pens???

Yes I know. But hear me out, I love doodling and writing. I’ve got pens and markers and brushes galore. I love the feel of pen on paper and making the words attractive to look at. And I can’t just have baking as a hobby, because let’s be honest I can’t eat all my kitchen creations. Especially when my wedding is on the horizon. So in an effort to ease my restless soul/hands I’ve decided to delve into the world of artistic lettering.

How cool would it be to do fancy wedding envelopes for people? Or do those gorgeous wedding signs that are becoming so popular? I know that’s super forward thinking of me, to already be crafting another business venture but clearly when I do something I just jump all the way in.

I started an Instagram for it in case you wanted to check out my newest non edible art.

Www.instagram.com/stargazerletters

My baby is a BIG girl

Y’all.

I got my baby’s spring pictures back yesterday.

In the envelope were her graduation pictures. Picture this precious princess in a graduation gown with a grad cap holding paper rolled up as a diploma with a pretty satin ribbon.

Insert picture of me sobbing hysterically about time passing by too fast here.

She hasn’t officially graduated Pre-K yet, (if I’m this emotional now, what will I be like for high school graduation??) but the pictures are beautiful and an accurate representation of where we are at none the less. I’ve got like 2 months to prep my purse with soft tissues and baby pictures galore. I know I won’t be the only one who can’t contain themselves as she walks across the stage: her Papi will be there too.

Anyway, we’ve got her in soccer now and I’m absolutely elated. I love bringing our club chair out to the field and whipping my camera out to catch action shots of the kids learning the basics.

Watching the kids out there soaking up the skills knowledge is amazing.

I’m literally watching little people, taking instructions and applying them as they go. Also I love when they divide up and play against each other. Both the most adorable and most frustrating thing ever! So adorable as they try to learn how to move the ball where they want, and frustrating because they don’t understand team work or how to play the field to their advantage. Can you tell I’m one of those moms screaming for my baby to go for the goal?

 

Either way, my baby is growing up and I’m sure blessed to watch her do it.

Weekend in Review – Lazy Days

This weekend I had an off Friday

Got some gym time in and let me tell you the secret to cardio: is to do it with a friend. So much easier to barrel thru 30 minutes on the treadmill when someone you know is suffering with you and you catch up on “the tea” in between taking breaths and sipping water.

D and I also took a random trip out to some new construction homes to window-shop for houses that we can’t quite afford. We saw a beautiful 5 bedroom house that had this amazing loft space, I could imagine putting a projector in there and having a snack wall and popcorn maker. It had 2 masters and an amazing pantry and kitchen, the only downside was the laundry room was downstairs. I don’t know how I’ve lucked up to have always had my laundry be on the same floor as my bedroom, and I don’t have plans in the future to change that.

Saturday we took a drive to a car show. It wasn’t very big, but the weather was gorgeous and mini liked checking out all the old cars. Some allowed us to sit in there and snap a pic, and it was just nice to get out of the house and do something different. Now that she’s getting older I love that we can do fun random outings with her.


Sunday was a home day. We lounged on the couch, painted our toes, played Jenga, and I worked on some baking orders for the week.

Hope you all have a lovely week!