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

nursery decorVia pinterest nursery decor2more pinterest

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!

Can’t complain Monday

Hello friends!

Starting off the week with my new (hopefully weekly) can’t complain Monday. Here we go 10 random things I am grateful for this week!

  1. I am grateful I got to take Liam Trick-or-Treating this past weekend.
  2. I am grateful for our wonderful neighbors and their kids who are so very sweet.
  3. I am grateful that I get to watch Erik and Liam play every day.
  4. I am grateful I Liam took a 2.5 hour nap yesterday so I could organize all of his baby clothes.
  5. I am grateful to have such a handy husband that can fix almost anything around the house.
  6. I am grateful for this beautiful weather.
  7. I am grateful both of our families live to so close to us, we love being able to see everyone basically anytime we want!
  8. I am grateful for my work friends; they really help me get through the day!
  9. I am grateful for the nice relaxing weekend we just had.
  10. I am also grateful for Spaghetti, which is now my new obsession.

Ha! I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Pumpkin carving 2014!

Hello friends!

Sunny and Diana hosted our annual family pumpkin carving shindig this past weekend, and it was amazing. Diana made an amazing butternut squash pasta dish, of which I had too much of, and we carved pumpkins. This year Erik’s mom had to work, so his dad came over and carved his first pumpkin with us!

20141026_191332We do the same thing every year; pick out the hardest designs which seem like a good idea at first but towards the end when you feel like your arms are going to fall off you just want to throw the pumpkin on the ground and shout “CARVE YOURSELF DAMN IT”.

Erik chose another scary pumpkin this year, and it turned out pretty awesome.

20141026_191353Lauren and David’s pumpkins:20141026_191339 20141026_191412Diana’s pumpkin:

20141026_191345Erik’s dad’s pumpkin:

20141026_191407Anya’s pumpkin:

20141026_191421And last but not least, my pumpkin, who I have named “Kitty-Hotey”

20141026_191400Who is some sort of Pirate cat thing.

We all had a great time carving pumpkins and hanging out with family. It will be even more fun in a few years when the kids can help carve pumpkins!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

24 weeks!

Hello friends!

I’m back with another weekly update! Here we are at 24 weeks, and my belly is large and in charge.IMG_6818I will note that Erik and I went out to lunch for chinese food right before this picture, so that might be why my belly is so big. But man I was tiny last pregnancy.

24 WeeksI have been feeling her move around a lot more, and this week for the first time Erik felt her move too! It is really crazy how the position of the placenta effects how much movement I feel. Liam gave me his wonderful cold this week, and I feel like poo. My head feels like it is in a vice! I have 24 week appointment this afternoon, maybe I will ask her if she can give me something to get rid of this cold.

I think I have to go in for my glucose test soon. I lied I just check my posts from last time and I didn’t go in for my glucose test until I was 28 weeks last time; so in a month. I also realized that I will be done with my second trimester in a month, now THAT is insane! At the rate my belly is growing I won’t be able to fit through doors by the time February rolls around.

IMG_6814Really really hard to believe she will be here in a little over 3 1/2 months! We really need to get our S together and set up Liam’s big boy room so we can move him out of the nursery and get it ready for her.  I know we won’t be moving her into the room until she is around 2 months old but I can only imagine how hard life is going to be with a toddler and a newborn.

IMG_6821In the next few weeks I will be going through all of Liam’s old clothes and taking out things we can reuse for baby girl. I know that I will be able to use all of Liam’s white onesies, for weekly pictures and for undershirts!  Oh I am going to have fun picking out girly fabrics for her weekly pictures. And no I have not started Liam’s quilt, I maaaaay just give the pieces I cut out to my friend or mother in law to see if either of them can put the quilt together.

Okay that is all I have for you all today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 24 Weeks
Maternity clothes? yuppy yup
Stretch marks? I see some on my belly :(
Symptoms:  tireddddd
Best moment this week:  carving pumpkins
Miss Anything?  beer and wine
Movement: I’ve been feeling her move more and more
Food cravings:  ice cream
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Have you started to show yet:  I’m huge
Gender:  Baby GIRL
Labor Signs: nope nope too soon
Belly Button in or out? inny but getting more and more shallow!!!
Mood:  stressed, Liam and I both have a cold :-/
Looking forward to: Halloween!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

23 weeks!

Hello friends!

Here we are at 23 week (16 more weeks to go!), and I am getting more and more excited every day!

IMG_6808Man my hair is getting long; I think I need a haircut! Finding time for a haircut is pretty much impossible nowadays. I feel enormous, already. I think my belly last time if finally catching up with this time, either that or I had eaten a lot before the last picture.

23 WeeksI just have to keep telling myself that she is bigger than Liam was at this stage. I haven’t weighed myself in a while, but I think at this point I’ve gained about 10-15 lbs since the start of my pregnancy. Not too bad, although I wish I had started this pregnancy at a decent weight. It just means I have to work harder after she is born to get back down to my happy weight. I tried to do that last time and failed miserably, but I have a greater drive this time around to get back in shape.

IMG_6810I also tried to document my weight loss last time, and was completely discouraged. I hope to document it this time around, but actually use it as motivation for getting back into shape. I really do miss working out and being fit, I feel like I can barely walk up stairs at this point without being a little out of breath.

I know I can do it, I might need a little push from my hubby, family and friends, but I know I will be successful! Other than feeling like a blimp, I can’t really complain, I’ve been feeling pretty good.

IMG_6811My heartburn is slowly coming back, but it is still manageable with tums so I haven’t started taking zantac yet. My hips are getting better, not really sure why, maybe she is repositioning herself in there making it more balanced. Who knows but whatever it is I am grateful for it.

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

Spark notes version:

How far along? 23 weeks!
Maternity clothes? yup yup
Stretch marks? Who the heck knows anymore
Symptoms:  sleepy.. verrry sleepy. and I pee a LOT again.. oy
Best moment this week:  Lauren and David’s Wedding!!!!!
Miss Anything?  Being in shape
Movement: Her movements aren’t as strong as Liam’s were, but they are there. The ultrasound tech said that I wouldn’t feel her movements as much because my placenta is between her body and my stomach. I am hoping as she gets bigger, I will be able to feel stronger movements.
Food cravings:  Loaded baked potato. enough said
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not really
Have you started to show yet:  just look at it
Gender:  Baby girl
Labor Signs: no way too soon
Belly Button in or out? in but it is getting more and more shallow every week.. eeeek

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

New mom questions and fears (WINNER ANNOUNCED)

Hello friends!

Thank you for everyone who read my post and entered in the giveaway. Your comments were amazing. If you haven’t had a chance to look at the new mom fears and advice I have posted them here! But first.. The winner is……..

winnerCongrats TWINSIEEEEEEEEEEE.  I will pass your information along to Heather who will send you your gift card!

And now on to the amazing advice from my amazing friends!

Sara: My biggest fear actually was not with raising my child but the delivery. How crazy is that when I am a labor and delivery nurse. Having seen the good, the bad, and the ugly I had so many expectations built up about how Emily should come into this world. Of course she didn’t come the way I planned and part me still struggles with this, but I know it was what was needed. It was the true start to motherhood I think for me that I needed to realize the rest of my life might have routine but won’t always go to plan.

Patti: To pick only one of the trillion fears I had is hard. They are just so small and fragile when they come out, how will I know what to do if they can’t make any requests? But really the biggest fear was a general “will I know what to do and when to do it?” I didn’t want him sitting in a dirty diaper, ever be hungry, not get enough sleep or sleep too much or lack in human contact. Turns out all of these things tend to take care of themselves and in reality the hardest part are things I never even thought would happen to my little boy. So you can worry all you want but as the saying goes “worrying is like a rocking chair, it will keep you busy but not get you anywhere”.

Abbie: Biggest Fear: being a good mom. Sounds ridiculous, but everyone’s definition of “good mom” is different, and I just want my kids to say I was a good mom when they are older! Advice: trust your instincts! You will generally have an idea of what you need to do and you will hear so much conflicting advice from all other moms out there; it gets overwhelming really fast. You are doing a great job!

Sarah: My biggest fear is knowing what to do! There seems like so much to stay on top of and so many different avenues you can take that it’s pretty overwhelming. I guess my advice (to myself and others) is to be kind and patient with yourself!

Erin: My biggest fear the first time around was just not knowing what to do. And it’s still kind of the same the second time around because every baby is different and has totally different issues. I would just say don’t be afraid to ask for help! It’s good to have friends with babies/kids so you can pick their brains when you’re desperate.

Stephanie: My biggest fear was going into labor. I was so scared I wouldn’t know I was in labor or that there would be a terrible snowstorm (we were in Blacksburg) and we wouldn’t be able to drive to the hospital. Somehow I convinced my Doctor to induce me over a week early which was amazing and really calmed my nerves. After my first was born the next biggest fear was what in the world to do when he cried. I really had no clue and the first time he cried I was terrified. Why I hadn’t thought about this before his delivery… I have no idea! My advice to new moms is try not to stress over too much. I think moms are always comparing their babies to other babies or even their own other children and then also comparing themselves to other moms. It’s really not healthy and doesn’t really help anything. I believe that if you spent that time really being in tune with your child you would worry a lot less about milestones and accomplishments and enjoy the ride a lot more.

Tiff: So many fears, so little time! I worry about every.little.thing. But my biggest fear is that he’ll hurt himself in some way. They’re so tiny, and so stinkin’ fragile!

It is good to hear that most moms have the same general fears and the advice was right on point! Everyone always wants to give new mom’s advice on what kinds of diapers to buy, which stroller is best, what to feed them, etc., rarely do people just give generic “Hey its going to be okay” advice, and sometimes we just need that. It is easier said than done, I know, I’ve been there, and most likely I will have the same fears this time around. But now I know that it will be okay. I will be able to sleep again, I won’t lose contact with the outside world, and yes maybe, just maybe I will be able to fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans again.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

I can’t complain

Hello friends!

A little different kind of post on this rainy and muggy day. I read a blog post today that really got me thinking; we all (myself included) complain too much. Nowadays facebook and day to day conversations are flooded with people complaining about the weather, traffic, work, etc. Heck, I texted Erik this morning and complained about the rain, but you know what, there are so many people who would love to switch places with us and stand out in that rain or be stuck in traffic just to get one more day on this earth to be with their loved ones.

I want to learn to catch myself before I complain about something, and instead turn it into a positive statement, or observation. I really want to try and eliminate negative thoughts and feelings from my head and be more outwardly grateful. So in spite of this rainy day, I want to share 10 things I am grateful about, and I encourage you to do the same.

  • First and foremost I am grateful for my health and the health of my family and friends.
  • I am grateful for the roof over my head.
  • I am grateful to have a husband who loves me, and will do just about anything to make me happy.
  • I am grateful and blessed that I am able to have children. And I am grateful for my healthy and happy babies.
  • I am grateful for my loving and caring friends.
  • I am grateful for my job.
  • I am grateful we found a school for our son, which is close to our house and provides a loving and caring environment for him to grow in.
  • I am grateful to have been born into such a great family and married into such a wonderful family.
  • I am grateful for my sister, who is my best friend, someone I could never live without.
  • I am grateful for my freedom, and thank all those who fought for our rights and our freedom.

I am certainly grateful for more than just 10 things, but we would be here all day if I listed every little thing I am grateful for. Maybe I will make it a regular occurrence on my blog each week, and maybe I will call it “I can’t complain Monday”.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you are grateful for.

Have a great day!

Cheers!

Today is the last day to enter into my $25 visa gift card giveaway. I will announce a winner tomorrow morning!

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