Monday, June 23, 2014

{28 weeks}

How far along? 28 weeks & now into the 3rd trimester! Crazy!
Total weight gain/loss: officially 18 lbs. The doctor said that's good weight gain, he wants to see me gain 30 total. I think I only gained 25 with Landon. I'm kind of thinking it will be less with her. She seems to be a bit tinier.

Maternity clothes? Currently sporting many many dresses and leggings :) and swimsuits for this already hot mama at the pool and this weekend at the LAKE!
Stretch marks? no 
Sleep: Pretty bad lately. This little lady in my belly loves dancing through the night. I especially remember the time 3:34 because it seems like I am ALWAYS up at that time looking at the clock.

Best moment this week: Our house is really coming along. I posted a couple pics on Facebook and Instagram but I'll post some more here. This is a best moment because we are ready to move into our own space! 

Less than 2 months *fingers crosssed*. Here are some photos I snapped from the other day. They are doing an awesome job and the wallboard just went up!

We met with the carpet/tile guy on Sunday after a church and a Starbucks run for my Venti Very Hibiscus Refresher and made those choices! I am very excited to see all of our selections in place. I picked the subway tile backsplash! On the way to a perfect little kitchen :) this is our granite with the subway tile backsplash. We chose a high traffic carpet for the stairs which I think will be a really good choice for a growing family!

Also, I've made some purchases for the littles rooms. Little girls room got the addition of these beyond CUTE books.

And my sweet Landon's room will have this picture of him which makes my heart that boy more than words.

also did a little DIY embroidery for his room one night this past week. It turned out really cute! 

We had an appointment this morning with the OBGYN. I noticed a lot of pregnant ladies there without their mates, I was thinking about it and I feel so blessed that my husband has never missed an appointment for either one of our children. Not one! He is awesome! 

I took my glucose test (fun!) and we had a sonogram at the same appointment to see if my placenta had moved up. I'm happy to say it has! It is where it needs to be for a natural delivery now! Praise GOD! I have been praying for Him to do what he thinks is best for us.  Naturally, I want to deliver again & not have a c-section. Unless something crazy happens, of course, we will plan for a natural delivery!

Here's a pic my husband snapped this morning before I had to drink the fruit punch yuck..

And here's the pic of our sweet little princess, sleeping soundly :) I know I'm biased but come on guys, look at that sweet face...

Miss Anything? Feeling rested. When will that come back??? The 5th of never.
Movement: rolls now and kicks everywhere. She loves it after I eat :) 
Food Cravings: I think this picture pretty well sums up my cravings about that glucose test...

               Neapolitan Ice cream

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing
Gender: Girl!
Symptoms: Lower back pain as well as some minor round ligament pain.
Belly Button in or out? out.
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy - I really do love being pregnant. I'm sure that statement scares my husband, but for the most part, I feel pretty good and at peace when I'm pregnant. I love all the kicks and questions and belly rubs I get. I even love the waddle that I now have! It's a very exciting time. Of course, I also can't wait for little miss to get here either. 

Looking forward to: This coming weekend! My baby turns TWO! What?! I can't wait to celebrate at the lake for the 4th of July & then at a backyard BBQ for him the next weekend with all of our family and friends! It'll be complete with paper food trays, hot dogs, chips ice pops, and watermelon on a stick! Just the way a summer BBQ should be!

Did someone say SUMMER? Love that at least one of my children will have a summer birthday! They are so fun and there's so much you can do outside this time of year. Hopefully the weather outside is just like it was today! 

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July everyone! I hope you get to enjoy some Bomb Pops, sparklers, pool/lake time, BBQ and watermelon! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

{new home: the kitchen}

Our kitchen is really progressing as far as decision making goes! It's very exciting to build what we want and just go to meetings to choose. My husband sort of let me take the reins on the kitchen decisions. We are certainly on our way to having the kitchen I see in my mind. Some things that we have chosen this far include:

Paint - we chose one paint and one trim color for the house. Sherwin Williams Alabaster for the trim & kitchen cabinets, Repose Gray for the wall color. 

Cabinet style - 

We chose this style of cabinet because it was right in between the two extremes. Not totally square shaker style & not overly decorative. I love the simplistic style of them. I think they will look just perfect!

Pulls - 

For the handles, they offered JUST what I wanted! I was very excited about that! We chose the bottom right ones in silver and in the kitchen and the rest of the vanities/cabinets throughout the house will be a very dark stain so we chose the dark handles in the same size for those, to be consistent. 

Crown molding - 

We are going for a very clean and crisp look in the kitchen. The crown molding on top of the cabinets will stay consistent with that look. We chose the 2nd from the top because it is simple but with some presence to it.

Countertops - 

We just recently picked the granite out & my husband left this decision to me. I must say, I was on the fence. These were our 2 finalists - granite and Carrara marble:

After much thought and consideration, we chose the granite on the left. With 2 children and 2 coffee and wine drinkers we just didn't think marble would be a good option for us in the long run. Granite is much less maintence than marble and I don't think I would be able to be neurotic about keeping the marble free of wine/coffee/tomatos/juice. We won't have to worry about this with the granite. We did choose the lightest option that was offered to us. This is the granite on top of Landon's crib, which is basically the same color that we chose for all the trim in our home. I ultimately think we will not regret this decision. Low maintenance is good for a growing family :)

We chose a more contemporary square edge for the countertops, and a dark sink (even with a light kitchen I like a dark sink better than stainless steel or white because it doesn't show as much) with one side that's bigger than the other for extra large dishes and pans. Yay! 

Keeping with the rest of the house {entry/bathroom/breakfast nook} the floors will be a dark walnut too.

I think the only other things to pick out are the backsplash - I'm thinking something like subway tile & the appliances 

Monday, June 16, 2014

{26 weeks}

          T-shirt {similar} / necklace / nail polish

How far along? 26 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: I would say about 15 lbs. 
Maternity clothes? A couple of cropped maternity pants but not any shirts yet. I try to wear my maxis & leggings most of the time of course, just due to comfort reasons.
Stretch marks? No, I was totally rocking the 2 piece in Florida. No chance of me buying a maternity suit & hopefully I don't get any stretch marks either!

Sleep: Feeling exhausted, but as stated on Instagram, I am so SO thankful for my amazing husband. I won the husband lottery. Seriously. He is such a great and supportive husband and father. We went to the park with Landon in his PJs the other night when we got home from the airport. I watched my husband chase Landon around for an hour. If you know my son, then you know he NEVER sits still. 

My husband is a saint, and he totally gets why I'm so tired and never says a word about it. He also comes home with chocolate for mommy ;)

Best moment this week: We got a free 3-D sonogram from our OB office & so we took advantage of that today! We got to see our sweetie pie's face, I would say that was the best moment this week. Here's some sneaks at the little lady :)

No more pictures, please! (Note: she has 10 fingers and 10 toes, even though it doesn't appear that way in they're pics)

Ankles crossed like a lady :) 

Of course, any time spent with my boys is the best as well, as our time as a family of 3 is winding down. 

My Landon LOVES his baby sister already. I'm going to try to get a video of it, but he talks to her and kisses and hugs her. He is already so in love, I imagine he will be over the moon when she arrives...or the complete opposite?

On Sunday, we celebrated my husband, father, father-in-laws and all the other great dads! Saturday night we grilled at my brother-in-laws (my dad and other FIL were both out of town). On Sunday, it was all about MIKE! He is the most natural dad in the world & there really are no words to describe his co-parenting. He's amazing! We went to a late lunch and had a large pizza at Stone Canyon while he watched the Royals and the World Cup :)
Miss Anything? Sleep? Yes. What little energy I have left is slowly dwindling as the weeks press on...
Movement: Yes, definite rolls and big kicks! I was talking to my friend, Lindsey, in my office the other day. And I put my hand on my belly where she was kicking me. I stopped and Lindsey actually saw a huge kick from across my desk! I love this feeling. It's like their first communication with you as a mother and them telling you 'Hey, mom, I'm doing ok in here' 
Food cravings: Applesauce is a big one as of late, or as Landon calls it "Ass Sauce"....I see the similarity..Anyway, I never use a spoon when eating Applesauce, but only when it's in the little individual cup. I prefer to drink it like a drink. Weird, I know, but I've been doing that for years now. It tastes better that way, promise! Also, suddenly I'm all about Kool Aid too. I make it, so yes I know how much sugar goes into it, but have you tried the Cherry Limeade one?! I am typically a water and milk girl, but this time around, it's sweet drinks I love & iced tea ;)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Gender: GIRL....still a girl, folks!
Symptoms: Back pain, already feeling some pressure, she must be sitting directly on top of my bladder....
Belly Button in or out? out
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY - we have a lot going on right now, and our vacation was some much needed time away. I am feeling refreshed and relaxed! 
Looking forward to: Another sono on July 2nd. I have a low posterior placenta (had low anterior with Landon) It's typically diagnosed at the 20 week checkup & is rechecked at around 28 weeks. Chances are, it will move up, but if it doesn't then a C-Section it is! 

Luckily, with Landon it moved up so I could deliver naturally, hopefully with her it does too! We will see. I will say, my mindset is that whatever gets her into this world safely, is what I'm fine with. If a C-Section is the worst thing, then I'm doing ok :) 

Next check in at 28 weeks! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

{decorating overdrive}

Happy Friday, people! We made it through another week! 

As you can probably guess, planning a big boy room and a little girls nursery and a whole entire house has put my mind in decorating overdrive! So many ideas floating around in my head and the majority of them are DIY! 

As I mentioned in previous posts, my decorating sense has really evolved over the last year and I think it is due to Pinterest and Instagram. Its cool to see all the different styles and I really think I've found my true decorating style. Modern and clean with touches of pretty and color :) I have started a couple of lists mostly for me to keep track of where I'm at and what still needs to be done, because I can't visualize it in the actual rooms just yet.

It is so thrilling to have everything purchased and ready to go and then just put everything in its place when move in time comes! It definetly puts my mind at ease to have everything ready as well. Each of the kids rooms will be a labor of love, and that makes me so over the moon happy! 

Here is a little inspiration board that I created to keep me in check for Landidoodle's BIG boy room! He has started saying "I BIIIG" You are big buddy, and we want you to stay little!

I literally buy those white Target matted frames up above every. single. time. I see one.  Not kidding, I am using 3 in our bedroom over the bed, 2-3 in baby girls bedroom, and 2 in Landon's room.  Yes, that equals 8 and I'll probably get more for the living room and the kitchen too.....I'm officially obsessed! They are only around $16 for an 8x10 matted frame and about $13 for a 5x7, not including the discount I always use.  Normally they are 15% off on the Cartwheel app {which I LOOVE} 

Landon's room- 

Gallery wall:
- DIY Embroidery hoop 'Wild & Free' - working on this weekend - (need embroidery hoop, black thread & needle)
- Compass Print in matted frame 8x10 - check 
- B & W beach photo of Landon in frame 5x7 - need to get printed, have frame
- DIY dipped letter L - need paint

- Double bed with black headboard - check
- Bumpers
- White duvet & sheets
- Ikea Lappljung pillow - check
- Ikea Elivoir Throw for end of bed - check
- B & W Spritz Bunting Banner from Target - check

Addt'l items
- Same teal dresser - check
- Same white lamp - check

And here is the girls nursery again in case you forgot {how could you?!}

Little girls nursery:

Gallery Wall:
- All of me print in frame - check
- DIY paint strokes print in frame - check
- DIY poster board heart in frame - will be
completing this weekend
- DIY 'Be' in frame - have materials just need to complete

- Landon's old crib - check 
- Gold polka dot crib sheets
- Ikea Elivoir Throw - check 
- DIY Abstract painting for above crib - have all materials just need to find some time to paint :)

Addt'l items:
- DIY lamp (thrift store and spray paint base gold, new lampshade, white)
- New dresser - white
- Landon's rocker - check
- Polka dot pillow - check
- Gold heart pillow 
- Faux Sheepskin rug - check

It looks like so much to do, but a lot is already complete or we already have.  Two very cute rooms, in my opinion!  Next post is our 26 week update and hopefully a 3D pic of baby girls face that we get to see on Monday!

I hope you all have a fab weekend, we are looking forward to picking out our countertops, some pool time and of course celebrating the awesome dads we are blessed with, including my amazing husband :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

{24 weeks}

How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Around 10 lbs or so. Will have a better update at the 26 week post
Maternity clothes? Maxi dresses and swimsuits lately. We are currently in Florida at my moms place :)
Stretch marks? no 
Sleep: just ok.
Best moment this week: knowing that we still have a week left in paradise!
Miss Anything? Some tropical beachy drinks that I can't have, I settled for my mango lemonade today....and some iced macaroon coffee {full post from our upcoming week in Florida coming in the near future}

Movement: Yes, she kicks me in the ribs....already.
Food cravings: chips and dip & iced tea.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Gender: Girl!
Symptoms: Not many if any. 
Belly Button in or out? out.
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY! Loving vacation!
Looking forward to: This week and family fun and sun!