31 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Here we are at 31 weeks, and we are in the SINGLE digit countdown! Only 9 weeks to go before we meet our princess.

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As I’ve mentioned before I have been slacking when it comes to getting her nursery done, but I think this week/weekend might be more productive. I plan on cleaning the rug in her room tonight after work and I need to jump on the wall decorations for her room.

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I still cannot decide which monogram I want to put above her crib, I really don’t like any of the options I’ve found. Maybe I need to scrap the monogram idea and start over. If anyone has any ideas on what decal I can put above her crib I would love some help. The theme in her room is a gold/coral/navy nautical theme. I also need to go to the craft store and get some sealant for the canvas artwork I made a few weeks back.

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Patti came over this past weekend, looked at her room and told me the same thing my sister has been telling me, I need more coral in the room. I think once I get a crib mattress and put coral sheets on the bed it will help make the room a little more complete. I finally ordered one of the crib sheets that I want, and eventually I will pull the trigger and buy the crib mattress. I have time right? Hopefully, having my sister home will help get my butt in gear to get some of the stuff done in her room.

31 Weeks

This week has been HORRIBLE. I was in so much pain earlier this week I thought I was having contractions. We had a lot of stuff going on and I was really stressed out so that probably contributed to the whole thing, but man I was scared for a few days. I did call my doctor and she said that it was most likely her laying in a really uncomfortable position and I would just have to wait it out. I am pretty sure she was right because I could feel her moving like crazy and once the pain was gone I felt like my belly looked totally different. It is much higher and rounder.  I hope she is face down now, I will be asking my doctor about it next week. Next week starts my bi-weekly appointments! EEEK getting close!

Alright that is all I have for you today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 31 Weeks
Maternity clothes? ya
Stretch marks? Yes pretty bad ones on my belly :(
Symptoms:  tired, back aches, shortness of breath
Best moment this week:  Taking Liam to see Sesame Street live
Miss Anything?  Wine, Beer, deli sandwiches, working out like a mad woman
Movement: all over the place, I am curious to see what position she is in
Food cravings:  egg sandwiches, all day every day
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  Baby Girl
Labor Signs: Nope stay away for another 9 weeks please
Belly Button in or out? still inny!
Mood:  ugh last week was the WORST, wayyy too much crying 
Wedding Rings on or off:
 On!
Looking forward to: Holiday parties with friends and family!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

30 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Here we are, checking in with my 30 week post! TEN.WEEKS.LEFT.

IMG_7401This is getting real, and I am totally freaking out.

At least her room is cleaned out and her clothes are clean and put away in her dresser. All I really need for her room is a crib mattress and more wall decorations. I can’t decide what I want to put above her crib. I don’t want to hang anything up there, because all the wall decorations I had up for Liam fell down, and I’m not sure why. I don’t really feel like stressing out about a newborn in the crib with stuff falling on her face.

So… I think I want to put a decal of some sort above her crib but I have NO idea what I want to do. I am doing a nautical theme in her room, but I don’t like any of the nautical themed decals. It’s also hard to find a girly nautical themed decal for some reason. So I was talking to my bestie/twinsie Erin and she gave me the idea of doing a monogram above her crib, so I started the search for one of those. I still can’t find one that I like, but I only started looking yesterday. I have a few weeks before I need to make a decision.

My sister comes home from school today, so she will be able to help me brainstorm some ideas for her room and put some of the things I’ve already made up on the walls. I have to vacuum, clean the rug, and clean the chair before she comes home. All things I can do in one day, but I’ve been lazy and her room is across the hall from Liam’s so I can’t clean the rug while he naps. Sigh. So many things, so little time.

I had my glucose test this week, and I passed with flying colors. She also said I was measuring on schedule and my blood pressure was still holding steady.

20141201_082646I don’t see how my belly is measuring on schedule because my belly is definitely much bigger this time around.

Recently UpdatedHey man as long as we are both healthy and happy let’s keep going! I am curious to see how big my belly does get this time. Haha.

Well I think that is all I have for you all today! I hope everyone has a great day!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 30 weeks
Maternity clothes? yupppp
Stretch marks? Ugh yes, they are on the underside of my belly L
Symptoms:  lower pack/hip pain, exhausted, out of breath
Best moment this week:  passing my glucose test!
Miss Anything?  beer
Movement:  oh ya
Food cravings:  um…egg sandwiches, all day everyday
Anything making you queasy or sick:  don’t think so
Gender:  baby girl
Labor Signs: no thank goodness.. please stay away for another 10 weeks
Belly Button in or out? still inny!
Mood:  Pretty happy
Wedding Rings on or off:
 Still on
Looking forward to: Christmas!

Cheers!

29 Weeks!

Hello friends!

A few days late with my 29 week (11 more to go!) update but better late than never! And I totally did not mean to wear the same outfit as last time for this week’s picture but here it is. IMG_7319_edited-1Biggest difference? I got my hair cut this past weekend!!! Oh man it feels so good to get all that hair chopped off. I cut off three inches, well technically I didn’t do it, the stylist did, but you catch my drift. I actually think my belly looks bigger last time around, but it might be the way my arms are placed around it.

DownloadsThis week was Thanksgiving, and boy did I enjoy all the food that was around. It was so nice to be surrounded by our family for five full days!

I did learn this week that I can no longer wear my boots L I don’t think they have enough support and I have HORRIBLE lower back pain when I wear them. I guess I am stuck to wearing my New balance shoes until she comes! I really can’t believe I only have 11 more weeks until my due date. I had my glucose test on Monday, but I will wait until my 30 week update to let you know the results of that one.

I’ve been taking advantage of Black Friday sales and deals, and I am ALMOST done with my Christmas shopping! I am really in the Christmas spirit this year, and I think it has a lot to do with how excited Liam is about everything Christmas related. He seems to really love Home Alone and has already watched it two times in the last 4 days. He gets really upset when Kevin is mad at his mom, he looked at me the other day and was like “Neeni (kid in farsi) mad at mommy” and he gave me a really sad face. It was really cute. I love that kid so much! I cannot wait to see how he interacts with his new sister!

I think that is all I have for you all today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 29 weeks!
Maternity clothes? Yes, some of the clothes are getting small around the belly area ;-/
Stretch marks? I don’t actually see any anymore.
Symptoms:  Oh my back.
Best moment this week:  Thanksgiving!
Miss Anything?  running
Movement:  loving every little movement
Food cravings: BK Whopper, don’t ask
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  Baby Girl!
Labor Signs: No thank goodness!
Belly Button in or out? Still in holding strong!
Mood:  Pretty good  :)
Wedding Rings on or off:
 On!
Looking forward to: Christmas!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Achieving Financial Peace of Mind in 2015

Hello friends!

Do you find yourself stressing about spending money during the holidays and saving for the future? Well there are a few steps you can take right now to set yourself up for financial success in 2015. One of the most important pieces of advice I can give is to pay off your debt.

When my husband and I graduated college we both had car loans, we had just bought a house, gotten married, and had student loans to pay off.  The idea of paying off our debt seemed impossible.  That was until I received some very helpful advice from a friend of mine at work.  Her and her husband had recently paid off all of their debt in TWO years; I was excited to learn how they did it.  The concept is actually quite simple, and although we are not following her plan 100% the idea is the same.

You have to make a plan you know you can stick with.  I knew that we could never empty out our savings to pay our debt off, so we took baby steps.  We started out with paying off the smallest loan.  Then we took that monthly payment and lumped it into the next loan we wanted to pay off.  Once that was paid off, we added those payments to the next loan, and so on and so forth. This plan really worked for us and allowed us to feel financially comfortable to start our family.

Another thing you can do to set yourself up for a more successful 2015 is to start saving for birthdays and holidays at the beginning of the year so that you are not stressed out and scrambling for money around birthdays and holidays. Set your gift allowance for the year, divide that number by 52 (weeks in a year) and that is the amount you need to set aside each week in order to be able to spend stress free during the holidays. A good way to do this is to start a new bank account and have the money come out of your paycheck into this new account.  Capitol one has some pretty awesome deals with new accounts right now that can even help kickstart your gift giving savings account.

Right now if you start a new 360 checking account with a minimum of $500 and make five transactions you can get a $100 bonus added to your account (customer must be new to 360 checking). If you start a new 360 savings account and make a minimum $1000 initial deposit, you can also get a $100 bonus (customer must be new to 360 savings). Once you are a customer you can take advantage of their Refer a Friend bonus per successful refer. You can see all those deals in the table below.

Product Offer Details
360 Checking $100 bonus
  • Must make a $500 minimum initial deposit and make five transactions
  • Must be new to 360 Checking
360 Savings $100 bonus
  • Must make a $1,000 minimum initial deposit
  • Must be new to 360 Savings
Refer a Friend $40 bonus per successful referral
  • For someone to receive the referral bonus, they must be a current customer
  • Their friend must meet the minimum initial deposit requirements
  • Applies to all accounts

Those seem like a great way to put some additional money into your account for holiday shopping now or in the future. Check out Capitol One’s website to see more of their awesome black Friday deals.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you out this holiday season and into next year.  Choose to make your New Years resolution about becoming financially successful in 2015.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

28 weeks!

Hello friends!

Checking in here with my 28 week post!

10269275_10152817476172040_7789859833445967106_oThis has been a very productive week in room decorating. You saw my post last week about the decorations for baby girl’s room, but later on in the week we made some more decorations for Liam’s room. I am almost ready to give you a big boy room tour, but that might have to wait until after Thanksgiving.

10633547_10152817475952040_4695393149161630123_oI know we will be really busy this week trying to get stuff ready to have family over for dinner. I feel totally unprepared for Thanksgiving this year and I hate it. I am hoping to get my S together this week and get some stuff ready for the holiday.

This week I felt baby girl hiccup for the first time! And actually reading back on my post from last pregnancy, this is the same week  I felt Liam hiccup! Tooooo cute. The sciatic nerve pain I felt last week has been a lot better this week. I have no idea why but I am NOT complaining.

No comparison picture this week, because well I got lazy. This is what I looked like last time at 28 weeks.

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Now when I look at this picture, It looks like my belly is smaller this time around than last. I guess my belly got big quickly and has stayed relatively the same over the last few weeks. I have my glucose test and 18 week appointment next week, so I will most likely post my 29 week update after that.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Preview of Maternity/Family pictures

Hello friends!

I promise I will do a 28 week update soon, but first I wanted to share a few pictures my good friend Nalini took this weekend. We have been trying to play a picture day for weeks..er. Months, and we finally found a time when we were all available.  This past weekend Nalini woke up super early to take our family/maternity pictures.  I am forever grateful for such a wonderful friend, not only because she took pictures for us, but because she truly has an amazing heart.  :)

Enough words, onto our pictures :)

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241130_10103002910520103_4421094824527156936_oI hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

 

Canvas Artwork!

Hello friends!

Thanks for putting up with my lack of blog posts the past few weeks. This week I’ve been working on some decorations for baby girl’s room. Thank goodness things are starting to come together even though we are far from being ready for her to come. Little by little we will get there, I do have three more months, eeek!

I mentioned a few weeks back how I wanted to make these for her room

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and I finally got my act together and went to the craft store to get stuff. I started out by taping off the canvases and painting them three different colors

2014-11-15I almost thought to keep them like this because they looked so awesome, but I didn’t. I printed off the shapes I wanted to put on the canvases and traced them out. Then I painted some glue inside the shapes and threw on a TON of glitter.

20141118_201408 20141118_201404Anchor, sail boat and starfish. I could not WAIT to shake of the extra glitter to see what was underneath.

20141118_214754They need a little more work before I feel like they are ready to be put on the wall but this is what they currently look like. I am thinking I need to buy some sort of finishing spray to put on top of them so the glitter doesn’t fall off all the time. Any suggestions?

Let me know what you think! I can’t wait to start Liam’s wall art projects!

That’s all for me today!

I hope everyone has a great day!

27 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Sorry this post is so late in the week, I’ve been super busy getting Liam’s big boy room ready and making decorations for baby girl’s new room that I haven’t had time to sit down and blog. Tomorrow I will show you all the things I’ve been working on for her room, but today, I’m checking in with my 27 week post.

IMG_6914It’s been really dark and cold outside and I didn’t have time to take my picture on Sunday so here we are, an indoor picture with no shoes on. Also I am still fighting a cold, so I look super exhausted and stuffed up. Other than my cold I feel pretty good most of the time. I’ve been having some sciatic nerve pain down my right leg, which has really sucked. There is really nothing I can do for that sort of nerve pain, but it is awful.

Last week I said 27 week starts my third trimester, but according to baby center 28 weeks is the beginning of the third trimester. Who the heck cares, I’m huge and we only have 13 more weeks to go, so I’m going to declare myself in the third trimester!

27 WeeksI made the same declaration last pregnancy, so here we are in the third trimester!  I read some of my posts from last time and seems like things were a little rough for me.  I do remember being exhausted all the time. Also looking at the comparison from last time, I think my belly sticks out more this time, pointer and much lower. Really weird because I thought with girls it was the exact opposite. Who knows.

IMG_6916She has been tumbling around in there and I love it. I am really getting more and more excited everyday to hold my baby girl. I still can’t believe she will be here in three months. I better hurry up and move Liam out of the nursery and into his big boy room.

I plan on doing a post after we move him into his room, to let you all know how it goes, so far I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. We have been playing in his new room a lot more this week and I think he is really warming up to it.  I just need to finish decorating it so we can get him in there. If anyone has any tips please please pass them along to me.

I think that is all I have for you all today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 27 Weeks!!!!
Maternity clothes? yuuuppp, but I miss my old clothes
Stretch marks? Just on my chest still.. knock on wood
Symptoms:  Sciatic nerve pain is the WORST
Best moment this week:  We haven’t done anything terribly exciting this week
Miss Anything?  beer and a nice wegmans sub!
Movement: It’s crazy town in my belly :) I love it
Food cravings:  cheese sandwiches, weird I know
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Have you started to show yet:  :)
Gender:  Girly girl
Labor Signs: no please stay away for at least 13 more weeks!
Belly Button in or out? still in
Mood:  Pretty good other than being huge and uncomfortable sometimes
Wedding Rings on or off: on :)
Looking forward to: Finishing up the decorations for her room

I hope everyone has a great day!

26 Weeks!

Hello friends!

26 weeks!!! This is the LAST week of my second trimester. Next week I will be in the third and final trimester!

IMG_6899My hair.. is so very long. At this rate my hair will be down to my butt before I have time to go get a haircut. The size of my belly also kills me. I cannot imagine her being that much bigger than Liam. I think when she is born she will weigh somewhere around 8 lbs, which will be such a huge difference from Mr. Liam at 6 lbs 15 oz.

26 WeeksI’ve been feeling pretty good, but carrying a toddler around while pregnant does a number on my back by the end of the day. We are getting closer and closer to moving Liam to his new room so that we can start putting the nursery together. Nalini came over on Friday and we were SUPPOSED to start painting the nursery wall decor, but we were both lazy and just sat around yaking. No big deal, we will have another craft night soon.

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I have a feeling most of the crafting will happen when my sister is home from school for thanksgiving. I need to find a craft store that has Coral paint. The AC Moore I went to had NOTHING even close to coral. I also need to find some cute truck and construction vehicle pictures to put up in Liam’s new room. I see another trip to home goods in my future. I think that is all I have for you all this week. It’s been a really busy week at work so I’ve been busy with that.

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Spark notes version:

How far along? 26 Weeks!
Maternity clothes? Yes, but I am ready for my old clothes please.
Stretch marks? just on my chest
Symptoms:  my back hurts, basically all the time.
Best moment this week:  putting together furniture in Liam’s new room
Miss Anything?  A nice big wegmans sub! and obviously beer
Movement: all over the place!
Food cravings:  eggs. All day everyday. Egg sandwiches are the most amazing things on the planet
Anything making you queasy or sick:  na
Have you started to show yet:  yuppp
Gender:  Baby GIRL
Labor Signs: nope please stay in there for 14 more weeks!
Belly Button in or out? In but getting shallower every week
Mood:  pretty happy
Wedding Rings on or off: 
on!
Looking forward to:  Decorating the nursery!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

 

25 Weeks!

Hello friends! Holy cow 15 more weeks until we get to meet our little girl! My belly is getting bigger and bigger every day and I love it!

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This time around I’ve only gained 18 lbs since the beginning of my pregnancy (WOOT), so I am hoping taking the weight off and getting back down to my pre-Liam pregnancy weight will be a little easier. I know it’s going to take some time, but according to Erin, chasing a toddler around and taking care of a newborn is a great workout!

25 Weeks

According to babycenter and almost all the things that I have been reading, the third trimester starts in TWO WEEKS. And then the slow marathon race begins! Somehow I feel less prepared this time around than I did with Liam. At this point last time we already had Liam’s nursery set up and ready to go; this time not so much. We did go to Ikea last night and purchased all the things we need to start setting up Liam’s new room, so I feel a little better. On Sunday, I went through all of Liam’s baby clothes, organized them and pulled out anything that I felt we could use for our baby girl. I ended up with a trash bag worth of stuff, consisting mostly of white onesies; looks like we have a lot of clothes shopping to do. Perhaps I should have gotten some more gender neutral clothes the first time around.

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Who am I kidding; I am going to love shopping for her! I also realize that I need to start working on the artwork for her room. I need to get canvases, paint and GLITTER! Gotta have gold glitter. Hopefully I will get to that sometime soon and I will do an update post! Annnd that is all I have for you all today!

 

Spark notes version:

How far along? 25 weeks!
Maternity clothes? yessss
Stretch marks? I can’t see any this week.. so weird
Symptoms:  hip and back pain, and some mild heartburn
Best moment this week:  taking Liam trick-or-treating
Miss Anything?  Honestly, nothing
Movement: getting stronger and stronger kicks everyday
Food cravings:  nothing really.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nada
Wedding Rings on or off?: on
Have you started to show yet:  yes
Gender:  Girl
Labor Signs: none!
Belly Button in or out? Inny still. I am convinced my belly button is going to pop out this time
Mood:  Happy
Looking forward to: Putting together Liam’s big boy furniture

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

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