15 Weeks!

Hello friends!

15 weeks already as of this past Sunday!

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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?

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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!

Cheers!

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!

Cheers!

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!

Cheers!

Beach Babies

Hello friends!

Oh man I really am the worst at updating recently. To my defense we went to Virginia beach for a long weekend then came back and I had one day at home before I got on a plane to Boston for my friend Kelly’s bachelorette party.

Our annual trip to Virginia Beach was probably one of my favorite trips so far. This was the first time the boys got to spend more than a few hours with each other. IMG_6224 IMG_6221We left pretty early on Saturday morning and arrived at the house around 10. Liam took a little nap in the car, which meant that he was not going to take another nap (boo). Michael took a nap when we got there and after he woke up we headed to the pool for a bit. Afterwards the boys played outside for a bit while the adults made dinner.

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The boys had fun playing outside with the rock then later inside with all the cars and trucks in the house.

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The next morning we decided to pack up the cars and head to beach before naptime.

IMG_6228 IMG_6229 IMG_6230This was my favorite day at the beach. Last year when we were here Liam and Michael were too little to actually enjoy the sad and water. But this year, oh man the pure joy in Liam’s face when we took him into the ocean was unbelievable.

IMG_6246 IMG_6231 IMG_6236 IMG_6239 IMG_6242 IMG_6243I have never seen such pure excitement in my entire life.

After jumping waves the boys played in the sand with my sister.

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They were exhausted when we got back and took a pretty good nap. Patti and Ramsey treated us ladies to an hour long massage, so the hubbies put the boys down for their naps while we went out. Liam slept for about three hours. I told you the beach wore him out!

On Monday we took the boys to the playground

IMG_6324 IMG_6325 IMG_6319 IMG_6321 IMG_6322You may notice that Liam has NOT put his bus down since well since I bought it for him a few weeks ago.

After naptime, Erik, Ava and I took Liam back to the beach for an hour then we headed back to go to dinner to celebrate Patti’s birthday. Dinner was awesome and we were so happy we could be with Patti to celebrate her birthday with her.

We woke up verrrrry early Tuesday morning, cleaned, packed and headed home taking with us some awesome memories of the beach.  Can’t wait to go back next year. IMG_6248

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

First Trimester Recap

Hello friends!

Thank you friends and family for all of your wonderful comments yesterday! Erik, Liam, Ella and I are really excited and nervous for the journey ahead of us! The nervous part stems from the unknown of having a toddler in full blown terrible twos and a newborn. Only time will tell!

This pregnancy has been the COMPLETE opposite of the last one.

First of all, being pregnant with a toddler is very difficult. Luckily my husband is amazing and has been a Rockstar when it comes to knowing when I need extra help. Secondly, morning all day sickness is really really kicking my butt. I have never felt so awful for so long in my entire life. It started the day before I even found out I was pregnant. Actually, I tested the following day because I got sick the previous morning (and every day after that). My doctor offered to write me a prescription but I declined because I am still a little weary of taking medications during pregnancy. I am happy to report that finally at 12 weeks I am “morning” sickness free!

Another difference with this pregnancy is that I am showing MUCH sooner than last time. I was about 16 weeks before I feel like I “popped”. This time I feel like I look 20 weeks pregnant already. I’ve gained about 4 lbs total since I found out I was pregnant and this time around I am okay with that. Last pregnancy I gained about a pound a week, which in my opinion was a little excessive. Weight gain is a part of pregnancy and I am totally okay with it. I have been staying more active (thank you Liam) this time around so I do believe that is helping tremendously.

Also unlike last time I did not take weekly pictures until about 10 weeks. I plan on continuing with my weekly pictures, and doing some side by side comparisons. It will be interesting to see how I carry this time around.

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I also haven’t been craving anything this time around, like at all! Most days I don’t seem to have much of an appetite. Recently though I have noticed that I need a small breakfast (toast or something like that) then I usually am starving and can have a relatively big lunch. Dinner time is hit or miss, I can eat but not much. I’m not really complaining though because I think eating bigger meals in the middle of the day is much healthier than a huge meal for dinner, it gives the body more time to digest the food before bedtime.

10 weeksSpeaking of bedtime… I am already getting up once or twice a night to pee. REDICULOUS! The past few nights have been better but during the first trimester, oh man, it was bad. I would get up two sometimes three times. It would make for a really unpleasant workday.

IMG_6121At the end of 11 weeks I was hit with a nasty summer cold. I refuse to take any medication while pregnant so I was knocked out for about two days. I am still sort of battling it with a stuffy nose and a yucky cough, but overall I feel good.

11 WeeksI still cannot believe how much I am showing already. I really hope I can still fit into my bridesmaid dresses in September and October! So here we are at the end of my first trimester (already!) and I feel pretty good. I am still pretty exhausted but I think that comes with the territory of having a very active toddler and being pregnant.

IMG_6177I promise all of my pictures will not be in maxi dresses; they are just the most comfortable thing right now. Because of all the queasiness I really didn’t want to wear anything that would touch my stomach. Weird I know but it helped me get through the first 12 weeks!

12 WeeksMan I was so much more tan at 12 weeks last year!  It’s okay we are going to the beach soon so I should have a nice glow. I need to work on my color!

I think that about wraps up the first trimester, long story short, I was sick a lot and now I feel good! haha. I am looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead! Onward to the second trimester!

Have a great day!

Cheers!

Lauren’s Bridal Shower

Hello friends!

This past weekend Diana hosting my sister-in-law Lauren’s bridal shower.  It was amazing. Diana is the most talented and creative person I know. She always does such an amazing job, and better yet she always out shines her previous party. I totally blanked and didn’t take my camera so all these pictures are stolen from Diana. Special shout out to Nalini who took a lot of these pictures.

The shower was a “Brunch with the Bride” theme, super fab idea. 10557481_10152206998957051_2774867151830285699_o 10557766_10152206998662051_1612613415352065402_o 10547961_10152206998362051_7174866122132258730_o 10531431_10152206998412051_1095085901267307624_o 10507082_10152206999447051_3226595345347937798_o 10497117_10152206998557051_5568053313510348246_o 10580808_10152206998712051_187692889095293965_oI mean seriously!? This looks like something out of a bridal magazine! 1493468_10152206998607051_179433870475600604_ommmm bacon  1502226_10152206999932051_3118215701352172383_o 10497344_10152206998767051_5340130844431967916_oThe beautiful bride :) 10505052_10152207001747051_2818469968249591102_o  10511446_10152207000572051_347818883574850812_oand some photobomb action by non other than Aunt Sue!10497149_10152207000637051_689233968115507075_oSome more family and friend pictures!

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1907878_10152207002417051_8003217885407007043_oI love this girl so much! Can’t wait to celebrate with you in 2 months Lauren!

10506708_10152207001182051_1836931407432513253_oI hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Weekend Happenings!

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Ours was full of parties, friends and family, just the way I like it! Saturday morning after Erik mowed the lawn we headed to the mall to see my sister, have lunch at the Nordstrom café (amazing by the way) and buy a few clothing items.

After Liam’s nap we went to our first party of the weekend. Liam’s friend Sasha turned 2 this weekend and they invited us over for her party. Liam had a wonderful time with his friends.

20140726_175122 20140726_175346 20140726_175155Towards the end of the party the kids all started chasing each other around this huge tree in the backyard. It was so cute.

20140726_181656Liam would just chase Sasha around. And of course before we left, they had to give each other a hug.

20140726_182451How cute are baby hugs!? They kill me!

Sunday morning Liam had another swimming class

20140727_09471820140727_094744He had a pretty good time, but the water in that darn place is so cold. I put my feet in towards the end of the class and I was freezing, so I couldn’t imagine being in the water the whole time. Poor kids. While Liam napped Erik and I switched his carseat to forward facing. We were really trying to hold out until he was two but he was really really hating being in the car. After many angry car rides we decided that it was safer for him to be happy (and quiet) facing forward than it was for him to be rear facing and me getting really agitated from his constant screaming.

20140727_143153He really likes it and our car rides are so much more pleasant. He looks like such a big boy in his carseat, it makes me sad. Where did our little baby boy go?! Sigh…

That picture was taken on our way to Lauren and David’s house for their birthday BBQ bash. I didn’t take a single picture because well frankly I was too busy stuffing my face with delicious burgers and Mac & Cheese. Thanks to Lauren and David for hosting a delicious party! And happy happy birthday to both of them! We got home from the party and we all passed out. It was a glorious end to another wonderful weekend!

How was your weekend?

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Mini Meatloaf! Liam approved!

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Hello friends!

I don’t know about you guys but my toddler has been a little picky lately when it comes to food. I think he is teething again, but still I love finding recipes that Erik and I love that Liam will also eat. I found this recipe in Parents magazine, and we love it. I added a few things and comments in red.

Mini Meat Loaves and Broccolini (we didn’t do the Broccolini part)

Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes (if you make the Broccolini)
Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:
3 tsp olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef
¼ cup plus 1 Tbs ketchup divided
1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbs. grated Parmesan Cheese
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 lb broccolini, trimmed
¼ tsp salt
½ bell pepper (we used yellow)
2 tsp. garlic powder

Make it
1. Preheat oven to 375. Brush 8 cups of a standard size muffin pan with 1 tsp. oil. (I used a 12 cup muffin tin and sprayed 10 of them with cooking spray). In a large bowl, combine the meat, ¼ cup ketchup, breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic, red bell peppers and cheese. Divide mixture into the muffin cups. Evenly brush 1 Tbs. ketchup on the meat loves. Bake until meat loaves reach and internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 25 minutes.
2. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tsp. oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add broccolini and salt. Cook 4 minutes. Add ½ cup water. Cover and simmer over low heat until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Serve alongside meat loaves.

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Like I said we didn’t make the broccolini, because, well frankly, it is pretty expensive. And we have a bunch of frozen veggies we use whenever we need a veggie side dish. You can use any veggies you want in the actual meat loaves themselves. We chose the red peppers, but I hear zucchini and mushrooms might be good. Play around with it; see what works for your family.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Liam’s Swimming class

Hello friends!

Happy Monday! I have been meaning to write this post for a few weeks but I never had any pictures to share, until this past weekend. Erik took swimming class duty so that I could take a few pictures. I apologize if some of these pictures of blurry, I was trying not to get in the way of the class.

I was worried that if he saw me out of the water he would want to come out or make me come in there with him.  But it seemed as though he was having a ton of fun without me :) 20140720_09480820140720_09494820140720_094905In this week’s class they were working on kicking their legs and reaching with their arms.
20140720_094805I really wish that picture had turned out better because it is super cute.  Then she had them go back into the shallow end for some ring pick up and floating. 20140720_100134The little girl’s mom to the left was jelly of Liam’s ability to pick up his ring! He was doing really well until he discovered that he could put his ring into the pool skimmer.  After that the class went downhill. He wasn’t interested in doing anything else but putting the ring in the skimmer. 20140720_095802Not so happy about laying on his back. haha.

After his class we took him to the playground and let him run around the soccer fields to get him good and tired before his nap.

20140720_104656 I swear if he could be outside all day, everyday he would be the happiest baby on the planet. 20140720_104651We came home, had lunch and he took a nice 2 and a half hour nap! WOOT, parental win!

Questions for you!

1) Swimming class, yay or nay?
2) Any other good classes at the public rec center we should be looking into for the fall and winter?

I hope everyone has a great evening!

Cheers!

 

 

 

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