18 Weeks!

Hello friends!

18 weeks already!


Such a huge difference from last time.

18 weeks

I have been having horrible hip pain this week, so bad sometimes that I can’t fall asleep right away. I’ve been trying to walk more and stretch before I go to bed and it seems to be helping. I’ve also been slightly less emotional than I was last week, thank goodness!


We’ve been throwing baby names around, and I think we are set on a boy name but the girl name is still up in the air. I don’t know why but I have been having the worst time thinking of girl names that I like. We find out what we are having in 17 days, then we can really start locking down a name. Or we can be like my Twinsie and not finalize the name until we actually see the baby!

Speaking of which, some exciting news, Erin had her sweet little baby boy last Wednesday. I totally called it too! Little baby Theo!


I just want to squish him! Hopefully we can make it down there sometime in October to visit. I would also like to visit my sister in school, so that would be the perfect opportunity to do both! Well I think that is all I have for this week! I should start writing my weekly posts earlier in the week. By the time I get to the weekend I have forgotten most of the stuff that happened earlier in the week (preggo brain).


Spark notes version:

How far along? 18 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Yes I love my new clothes
Stretch marks? On the ladies
Symptoms:  Hip pain, it has been awful. Some round ligament pain and a few occurrences of heart burn. Not too bad though.
Best moment this week:  Going to Sarah and Joey’s wedding! And ERIN HAD HER BABY!
Miss Anything?  BEER. This will never change
Movement: So last week I said I felt the baby move, but I’m not so sure. Sometimes I feel like something is moving around in there, but other times nothing.
Food cravings:  cheese fries…. Still haven’t gotten any.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Random things make me feel queasy.
Have you started to show yet:  oh ya!
Gender prediction:  17 days until we find out!
Labor Signs: nope
Belly Button in or out? inny
Mood:  happy and tired!
Looking forward to: Kelly and Ty’s wedding this weekend!

I hope everyone has a great day!


Sarah and Joey get married!

Hello friends!

10628454_10102818729809723_3269957039937597520_nThis past weekend my good friends Sarah and Joey tied the knot, surrounded by their friends and family with amazing weather and a beautiful backdrop.

10671364_10102818730862613_2867915169238374066_n 10632871_10102818730942453_4654313496659410553_nOh man these two! I love them so much. Sarah was the receptionist at my previous job and Joey was one of my coworkers.  As soon as I got to know Sarah I knew her and Joey would be perfect for each other. The problem was that neither of them wanted to admit it for the longest time.  10689747_10102818729645053_5392352615715974304_nI had many heart to heart conversations with Sarah before the two of them actually started “officially” dating. I’m not going say that I am responsible for bringing them together, but you can read between the lines. :) 10685610_10102818729719903_4588571486795521442_nWe dressed Liam up in his finest wedding gear, and took tons of pictures

10653808_10102818729350643_5922033740697773356_n  And yes the bus also attending the wedding.10665207_10102818730987363_7084197285445107906_n My friend Rose took some pretty awesome family pictures for us.

10632711_10102818730228883_4709416274783290174_n To include my very favorite picture of Liam and I.

10653879_10102818730702933_1212491838225668437_n I realized that I did not take a single picture with Sarah and Joey!!! WHO DOES THAT?! I did however, take a picture with my other two favorite people from my last job, Kim and Rose.

10626463_10102818731112113_6189160383011696665_nWe all had a great time and Liam enjoyed watching everyone dance. I tried to get him to dance but he was sooooo exhausted that he just wanted to be held the entire night. 10665176_10102818731646043_2253761968760135041_n10653462_10102818731481373_7101711712234856363_n Thank you Sarah and Joey for including us in your special day! Have a great honeymoon!


Wreaths Across America – Decemer 13th

Hello friends!

My coworker and I are coordinating a fundraiser through our company for Wreaths Across America, and would like to ask for your help! wreath

Remembering Our Fallen – One Wreath At A Time

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring fallen veterans and their families by placing wreaths on the graves of servicemen and women who have been laid to rest in cemeteries across the country. As a company that has worked both personally and professionally with the hard-working members of the Armed Services, this is a unifying cause that hits near and dear to the hearts of many Praxis Engineering employees on both sides of the river.

This December we have the opportunity to donate our time and money in order to support this worthy cause. Praxis Engineering is collecting donations to sponsor as many wreaths as possible. To get involved, please consider sponsoring a wreath (every $15 equals 1 sponsored wreath). Our goal is to donate 300 wreaths; any assistance to help us reach our goal will be greatly appreciated. No donation is too big or too small. Every dollar counts!

In addition, Praxis Engineering is forming a group to travel to Arlington National Cemetery on December 13th, 2014 in order to participate in Wreaths Across America Day, where teams place the sponsored wreaths on graves of the fallen.  If you would like to donate your time to this event, we would also greatly appreciate it – the more the merrier!  Let’s show all of our veterans how we feel and that we will never forget the sacrifices they’ve made for our country.

Please share this message with friends, and join us in letting our fallen know that we will never forget. Thank you for your time and consideration!

If you are interested in donating please visit this website to donate to our team. http://give.wreathsacrossamerica.org/site/TR/NationalWreathsAcrossAmericaDay/General?px=1076473&pg=personal&fr_id=2127 

Thank you in advance for your support!


17 weeks!

Hello friends!

I am 17 weeks as of Sunday and feeling pretty good!IMG_6422Actually, I feel so good I am in full nesting mode ALREADY! Looking back on my last weekly update post for 17 weeks, it seems like nesting hit me around this time too. Erik was gone this past weekend at David’s Bachelor party and I took the opportunity to paint a few rooms. On Friday night I finished the last two walls of our room and Saturday morning, my cousin and mom came over to move the furniture back and lay the rug down.

IMG_20140906_092141_nopm_I need to find something for the space above our bed but I am still pinteresting ideas. Saturday night Katie came over to help me paint the hallway. We really had an awesome time, oh and she brought me a frosty (I love her). Twinsie (Erin) helped me pick out this front console table:IMG_20140907_095645_nopm_I lurve it. So yes, I painted and put together a console table (screwed the legs on) this week. I also started feeling our little nugget move.

IMG_6424It’s not a constant movement yet but I definitely feel him/her move after I eat something really sweet. It is still just as exciting the second time around! Also this week, I had a typical emotional pregnancy meltdown. Erik and I were watching Guilt Trip, and if you have ever seen it you might understand why I got so emotional (probably not), but anyway, it was at the end of the movie where it gets all sappy and the mom says how much fun she has had with her son and how he loves her and blah blah. Well I started crying… Like legitimately devastated that Liam was growing up. Similar to this little girl:

Poor Erik, he really is the best. I got over it in about 20 minutes, and then started laughing about it, but it was pretty bad at the time. Okay now I sound like a mental patient. Awesome.

17 WeeksOther than that instance of being insane, I’ve been doing pretty well (perhaps the people around me, especially at work, have a different opinion, but I’m trying to keep it together!). OH YA, I almost forgot. That table I ordered from Target for our front foyer, well I shipped it to our old house. Saturday morning I realized that the delivery confirmation said it was delivered Friday night at 4pm. Well it wasn’t sitting outside our front door, so I checked the shipping address and realized that I was in fact an idiot and had sent it to our old house. Luckily, we live pretty close to our old house so I went over there and picked it up. But man was I freaking out.

Okay enough rambling for today!

Spark Notes Version:

How far along? 17 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Yes finally cool enough to wear some of my new clothes!
Stretch marks? nope
Symptoms:  Ugh my hips and lower back have been KILLING me
Best moment this week:  Totally not baby related, but the HOKIES win over Ohio
Miss Anything?  Beer. That is all.
Movement: Yes! I feel little movements!
Food cravings:  Chocolate Chip cookies, warm ones
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not really
Have you started to show yet:  Oh ya
Gender prediction:  Girl all the way.. We find out in 24 days!
Labor Signs: nada
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood:  Happy
Looking forward to: Decorating Liam’s big boy room

Have a great day everyone!


Liam’s big boy room plan

Hello friends!

Last week I said I had a pretty good idea how we were going to set up Liam’s big boy room. I did some measuring and researching and I’ve finalized what it’s going to look like.  Liam is really into Trucks and Buses (in case you didn’t know), so that is the theme we are going to go with.  Here is the general layout of the room, ignore the print of the rug. We plan on starting the purchasing/decorating sometime in November (I think).

floorplanIt is a pretty big room so there is a lot of room for him to play. The rug we decided on is this awesome rug from AmazonrugHe is going to love that rug so so much. We are going to take the big boy bed apart and put it back in the basement and buy another crib.  I didn’t want spend an arm and a leg on another crib so we decided to go with this one from Ikea.

cribOnce he learns to climb out of it (which could be soon.. eek), the front panel comes off and it turns into a low toddler bed!

toddlerbedPretty sweet. We will probably keep that in his room until the new baby needs to move to a toddler bed then set the twin bed up in Liam’s new room. The little blue square under the window on the right hand side of the room is this table, all from Ikea

tableand two or three of these chairs.

chairsThe grey rectangle on the left hand side of the room is his dresser.

dresserWe will be painting it the same color grey that we painted the twin bed frame. The long rectangular shape under the other window is my favorite shelving unit from Ikea.

bookcaseI only wish they had it in grey. I still need to look for wall decorations but now that I have a theme for the room finding the decorative pieces shouldn’t be too hard.

Let me know what you think!

Have a great day!


18 month appointment at 19 months

Hello friends!

I hope you all are doing well. Liam had his very late 18 month appointment yesterday. His doctor was out recovering from knee surgery during August so we had to push his appointment back a month.

His appointment wasn’t until 10:20, so I got to spend the whole morning with him, playing with his trucks. We headed out the door about 45 minutes before his appointment, which ended up being a good thing because I had to turn around and get his shoes. I swear if my head were not attached to my body I would lose it, this pregnancy brain thing is much scarier this time around.  When we got there he watched the other little kids playing then eventually sat down and played with the activity block. 2014-09-02(2)I swear we waited 30 minutes before we even went back into the door. It was our doctor’s first day back, so I figured he was really busy. Luckily, Liam brought his “truck n’ bus” to keep himself entertained in the room while we waited. I obviously and shamelessly took some diapie tuck playing pictures.

20140902_103346 20140902_103238 2014-09-02(3) 2014-09-02(4)We were in the room for probably another 20 minutes before he came in. We decided it was a good idea to stand on the chairs and look out the window at all the cars.

2014-09-022014-09-02(1)20140902_104140Dr. W came in, checked what he needed to check and sent us on our way. Well that’s not entirely true, we had to wait again for 2 shots.  After his shots, Liam turned to me and said “momma, sad, hurt bana”. In Liam talk that means “mommy that hurt and it made me sad, put a band-aid on it.” I wish I had gotten it on video because it was really cute. Dr. W said he looked really good and was impressed that he could understand and speak two languages (hooray!). I told him it was because we never stop talking to the poor kid.

I also told the doctor that Liam was going to be a big brother and that I was due in February, and he said that would work out perfectly so that Liam and the new baby could come in at the same time. Liam got his first Hepatitis A vaccine yesterday, and he said they needed to wait 6 months between the 2 shots. Six months puts us right at needing to take the baby in for his/her one month appointment (INSANE).  It will be nice that I only have to make one appointment for both kids. The less time I have to take off work for check-ups the more time I will have for next summer’s vacations!

Anyway sorry this post is all over the place, sort of a word vomit post.  Here are Liam’s 18 (aka 19) month stats.

Weight: 28 lbs 4 oz (75th percentile)
Height: 35 inches long (over 95th percentile)
Head size: 19.5 inches (85th percentile)

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!


16 weeks!

Hello friends!

How is it that I am already 4 months along!? Man time does fly by.  We have finally decided what we are going to do with Liam’s big boy room transition, but I feel like that needs it’s own post. Now we just have to get to Ikea to buy the stuff and start decorating.  I think we are going to hold off until around October to start putting him room together (mainly because we have 5 weddings to attend and buy presents for in the next month and a half!).

IMG_6411Look at how little and young I was two years ago. My belly is definitely bigger already. Looking back at pictures I don’t think my belly was this big until I was at least 20 weeks along last time!

16 weeksThis week, Patti and I went to the outlets (with the help of our personal shopper Ava) to buy some maternity clothes. I am pretty excited for all the things that we bought, too bad its 95 degrees in September right now?!  Hopefully things will cool down in the next week or two and I can start wearing all my cool clothes.

Don’t be fooled by these pictures, it was 90 degrees yesterday and I was miserably hot, but I HAD to wear one of my new outfits for my picture.

IMG_6416Everything hurts. Like seriously, all my joints and muscles hurt. I blame myself for not getting back into shape after Liam was born.  I was in such good shape last time that even though I gained a lot of weight I had muscles to support it.  This time, not so much.

IMG_6414  Reading back on some old posts I can happily say that I am far less emotional this time around. I don’t cry at the drop of a hat, which I am sure Erik is really happy about :).  I do feel like I am already starting the nesting phase. I just want to get all these projects done around the house, it’s making me crazy! There is a lot of painting that I want to finish up (don’t worry I have a mask).

I also think I’ve decided on a double stroller.  The Baby Jogger City Select in Teal. At first I thought I wanted the Britax B-Ready, but when I looked at more pictures I realizes that it didn’t have the most desired position, the infant car seat facing me and the child seat facing out. The B-Ready only offers options where the older child is basically sitting on the ground, behind the upper car seat. It is just bizarre.

strollerSo yes I want that one. Now I just have to start saving money for it! Perhaps I better start selling my photographs again. I will figure something out! I think that is all for now!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 16 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Purchased and wore one outfit yesterday because I wanted to.
Stretch marks? not yet
Symptoms:  None :) other than getting up to pee at night!
Best moment this week:  Going shopping with Patti and Ava
Miss Anything?  Yup.. Beer again
Movement: Sometimes I think I feel it, but nothing official yet.
Food cravings:  nothing! Weird right?
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Well sometimes just weird smells make me gag.
Have you started to show yet:  Ya I would say so
Gender prediction:  girl, most def
Labor Signs: nada
Belly Button in or out? inny
Mood:  Happy :) 
Looking forward to: Out 16 week appointment tomorrow!!! Hopefully I can schedule my 20 week ultrasound to find out what we are having!

I hope everyone has a great day!


15 Weeks!

Hello friends!

15 weeks already as of this past Sunday!


Looking nice and bloated. I haven’t weighed myself since my last doctor’s appointment and I don’t think I will see the scale again until my appointment on Wednesday, but I think I am doing pretty good at keeping my weight gain in check. That being said, my coworker introduced me to Wegman’s ice cream and now I am hooked, so we will see how that goes (Thanks Ash).

15 Weeks

I’ve talked about how this pregnancy is different from my last in all the physical aspects but I haven’t actually written down to the emotional differences. I feel sort of ashamed or guilty I guess is a better word for it, but unlike last time this pregnancy is not the focal point in my life. Don’t take that to mean that I am not excited for another little bebe or that I am unhappy in any way, I just mean that there are so many things going on right now (hello toddler life) that I don’t have the energy or the time to focus on how excited I really am about it. I think it is important for me to do these weekly posts so that it focuses my attention on this baby and this pregnancy, even if it is only for a short time each week. Does that make me a bad person or is that normal?


Also I am very nervous to have a toddler and newborn at the same time. I know we will be fine, but the unknown is always terrifying. I just remember back to when we brought Liam home for the first time… let’s just say that neither Erik nor I did well with little to no sleep. To be honest I am more worried about the baby waking Liam up than anything else. Patti gave me a great suggestion that I think we will try. She said her sister in law puts a noise machine outside the door so that it blocks out the outside noise. We will give that a try to see if it works. If anyone else has any suggestions please send them my way!


Spark notes version:


How far along? 15 Weeks
Maternity clothes? I took them out… 
Stretch marks? not yet
Symptoms:  still a bit nauseous in the mornings
Best moment this week:  spending time with my boys
Miss Anything?  beer… ya beer
Movement: Sometimes I think I feel something, but like I said last week it might just be gas
Food cravings:  none
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nothing particular
Have you started to show yet:  Ya I would say so..
Gender prediction:  girl :)
Labor Signs: nope
Belly Button in or out? inny
Mood:  generally very happy
Looking forward to: Our next appointment.. in 6 days :)

Have a great day!


Have a great day!

Liam goes to the Dentist

Hello friends!

I will post my 15 week update tomorrow :) I have a lot I wanna talk about so it has taken me a little while to get my thoughts together (blame the preggo brain). Anyway, I took Liam to the dentist for the first time yesterday and it was… well it was awful.

He was in a great mood when we got there and he was playing with all the trucks, but that happiness didn’t last too long because as soon as we were called in he was worried.

dentistIn hindsight I should have prepared him more for what was about to happen but I figured well he is almost 19 months old he isn’t really going to understand what I tell him. As soon as we walked into the room he started whining. The dentist lady was awesome. I chose to take him to a pediatric dentists office to make it a little easier on everyone.

He was laying on top of me and I had his legs between mine and his arms pinned down. Honestly I think this is why he was so upset. He doesn’t like having his arms and legs pinned down (I don’t think anyone does).  So he screamed, and cried while she was checking his teeth. He cried so much he was soaked in sweat when all was said and done.  Poor baby.

She flossed his teeth and gave him fluoride.  She also told me that most kids get cavities on the back of their front teeth. Weird right? We made sure to brush that area last night. She also said to limit the amount of crackers and carby snacks we give him because they are just as bad as sugar for teeth. She says they get stuck in their teeth and cause cavities. Go figure!

Hopefully the next time we go back it won’t be a bad as it was this time.

I hope everyone has a great day!


13 and 14 weeks!

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!  I know I am about 3 weeks behind in updates.(I am 15 weeks as of yesterday, post coming soon). ekk. But here are some pictures from 14 weeks.  I failed to take a 13 week picture and I am working on my 15 week picture now.

These last two weeks we have been super busy.  The weekend I was 13 weeks we were at Virginia Beach with our friends. I was having too much fun to remember to take a picture on Sunday. That and it was beach day.

But I remembered to take my 14 week picture (a few days after I got home from New Hampshire).

IMG_6391I still think it’s insane how much and how quickly I started showing this time around.

14 weeksI feel like I also look so much younger, even though it was only 2 years ago. Maybe it’s because my face is chubbier. Who knows. I’ve been feeling really good recently. I still get nauseous in the mornings but it goes away after I eat something.  I did realize that I cannot take my prenatals until later on in the day because they make me gag.. yuck.

No food cravings this time around, in fact, I am usually pretty content.  Not very hungry and can get by with half the amount of food that I was eating during the first pregnancy. I refuse to take out my maternity clothes, I just won’t do it.  I know I have to because I am running out of clothes that I actually care to wear, but I might wait another week.  Patti and I are going to the outlets on the 30th to do some maternity clothes shopping, so I will have to go through my clothes at some point before then. barf.  I am already sick of all of those clothes, and I haven’t even looked at them yet.  I am looking forward to getting some new skinny jeans so I can wear my boots ALL.THE.TIME. #sorryimnotsorry

I am going to do the spark notes version of my posts again this time around. They were fun to do and actually are really fun to look back on this time around.

Spark notes version:

How far along? 13 & 14 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Nope, just more elastic waistband-ed clothes
Stretch marks? nope
Symptoms:  mostly tired
Best moment this week:  going to the beach and New Hampshire
Miss Anything?  beer, oh pumpkin beer season is almost here
Movement: not sure, sometimes I feel movements, but Patti says it’s just gas
Food cravings:  none, so weird
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nothing specific
Have you started to show yet:  uh ya…
Gender prediction:  totally a girl this time!
Labor Signs: nope
Belly Button in or out? in
Mood:  Happy!
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender!

Have a great day!


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