Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From One to Two

We were so ready for another little one, excited for Anna to be a big sister, and now that it's actually happened, I'm like "whoa, slow down!" In just six short months Juice Drop #2 is going to be here (due date: October 25th)!!!

I'm already starting to think about how different things are going to be going from one child to two--one toddler, one infant. Life changed drastically when we went from having no baby to one but thinking about having an infant on top of having Anna, my mind just can't even comprehend how much more our lives are going to change. I start asking questions that really don't need to be mulled over right now, like:

"how do we keep Anna asleep when Juice Drop starts crying in the middle of the night?" (the curse of living in an apartment with very thin walls)


"how do I go from the car to the store/YMCA/church/whathaveyou when I have to carry a carseat and Anna's having a meltdown in the middle of the parking lot?"


"how do I still make sure Anna gets my love and attention when I have to give so much of myself to this new little one"

and most importantly

"how do we keep Anna from poking Juice Drop's eyes out?"

These are serious questions, folks, and one day I'm going to have to answer them.

Anyways, I'm doing the weekly bump photos again! I've already been slacking a bit (maybe it's because I've got a toddler to chase around and I'm completely exhausted). I started taking them with Anna when I was 10 weeks. This time I started at 12. So you can already tell there's a bump forming. And let me tell you, it's all bloating! Ugh, if it wasn't for the bloating that starts immediately after I eat breakfast and just gets worse throughout the day I may have kept hush-hush about Juice Drop a little longer. But alas, a bump has popped and I can't hide it with my lack of overly huge clothes anymore. I mean, homegirl's already sporting maternity jeans/shorts/leggings because the belly band and tying a rubber band around the button's just not cutting it.

I'm also including my little weekly survey if you care to take a gander down below.

How far along? 13 Weeks
How big is baby? the size of a peach and is forming vocal chords and teeth
Total weight gain: depends on the time of day! I'd say a few pounds
Maternity clothes? Yep, I've worn a maternity shirt already, a pair of jeans and shorts, and always my maternity leggings 
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: it's ok, still able to sleep on my stomach some of the time so that's a plus. I'm having to get up at least once a night to pee, and the difference this time around is I wait as long as possible because I'm deathly afraid I'll wake up Anna when I go. 
Best moment this week: getting to spend the weekend with some great friends and their family in Virginia for Easter.  
Miss Anything? SUSHI!
Movement: no
Food cravings: oh, anything and everything
Anything making you queasy or sick: coffee
Gender: won't know for another month, but super excited!!!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: big boobs (let's just be honest and get that one out there on the table, shall we?), getting out of breath after climbing one flight of stairs, EXHAUSTED (can't tell if that's pregnancy, being a mom to a toddler, or both!)
Belly Button in or out? I think this time around I'm going to have an outie! It's already popping!
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: I've definitely been having mood swings. I can tell when I am and I get annoyed with myself. I know Travis has got to be like "this woman's cray!" 
Looking forward to: my visit with the midwife this week! I'm beyond excited when there's any chance to get to hear Juice Drop's heartbeat <3

So there you have it, the beginning of the next six months of weekly Juice Drop photos, updates on how we're doing going from a family of three to a family of four, and maybe the occasional post of me writing about wanting to pull my hair out because of the questions plaguing my mind! Overall though, we're on top of the world with joy and anticipation of the arrival of our second little Juice Drop!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Anna's New Reading Material

Anna's been pretty busy lately (and I guess we have too ;) !!). She's found a new book and hasn't been able to put it down. 

c h e c k  i t  o u t :

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To Cut or Not to Cut


I'm just not ready.

Anna's hair is getting so long, so thick, and so beautiful. I want her hair color on my head right now. The natural highlights are just gorgeous. But let's talk about those bangs...

The bangs that are constantly in her big, beautiful eyes, getting snot in them because they reach down past her nose, won't stay pinned back because little fingers like to pull out bows and hair ties that Mommy spends precious hours putting in (pshhh! yeah, right! More like 5 seconds, but feels like hours). The bangs that drive me nuts!

I'm just not ready to cut them because I don't want to have to keep cutting them and cutting them every time they get in her eyes. I just don't want bangs! (maybe I'm living vicariously through my daughter at this time in her life, eek!) So alas, here we are, in the in-between stage waiting for the bangs to be long enough to put behind her ears or until she's old enough to know we leave the bows in.

While I was scrolling through Pinterest during nap time (no, that's not the only thing I do during nap time! I really do other things. You know, wifely duties, but occasionally I'll scroll) I found this super cute way at Heart and Habit to keep toddlers bangs at bay. It's called "Little Girl (get this hair outta my eyes) Bang Braid". Perfect, right?! So I gave it a shot:


And that, ladies and gents, is my super sweet skill at braiding. It wasn't the recipient, it was totally the braid-er. She did a marvelous job of sitting still while I pulled and tugged at her very fine hair. I tried so very hard to be gentle. And I think I was, I just am horrible at braiding. I would say I need a LOT more practice, eh?

Any other suggestions for keeping little girl's hair out of her beautiful eyes (and snot!)?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My New Little Gadget

Sorry about March. Apparently it came and went without one single post. My thoughts have escaped me. Eh, let's really be honest, I've been too exhausted to sit down and write a post after chasing around an 18 month old whose life mission is to keep her Mama on her toes (i.e. taking a bite out of a fridge magnet and diving head first into a pool--no fear, I tell ya!). But now that March has come and gone and April and spring are officially here, I've decided to finally sit down and write you a little something, something. It's not much but it lets you know about the exciting little gadget that has come into my life in the last two weeks.

I've finally entered the world of smart phones! My whole life is changing before my eyes with Instagram, Facebook, and GPS at my fingertips. Yay for not having to print out Mapquest directions before leaving the house! I'm able to take photos and video whenever I want without having to run and grab my camera before the moment is over or look like a photog wannabe as I try to get the best shot and fail miserably. Thank goodness for filters! (Click on that little Instagram icon to the right to follow me! @mrsjessjonesy)

My biggest fear, however, is that I'll always be on my phone. I really don't want that to become an issue. I want to be present no matter who I'm with. I don't want whoever I'm with to have to fight for my attention. I don't want my daughter to think my phone and I are a packaged deal. The phone cannot be my priority. I won't let it. I see the movie Wall-E coming to life. Eyes fixated on screens so much so the users can't see what's around them. It's really scary, actually.

Well now that this happy little post has turned depressing...here are a few Instagram photos that'll cheer us all back up:

Friday, February 28, 2014

You My Brown Eyed Girl

I may be biased but I believe Anna's eyes are her best feature. I don't think that I'm the only one who believes this either. We get comments often like "Wow, her eyes!" "They're so big!" "They're beautiful!" and "You could get lost in those things"...oh boy, do I ever! Seriously, they're like falling into a rabbit's hole without the possibility of ever getting out, and who would want to? They suck you in. (Thank you for letting me take that too far for a moment.) but never did I ever think I'd be singing "My Brown Eyed Girl" to my little girl. With Travis having blue eyes and me with green we're still in awe with the fact that Anna's eyes are brown. He swears he's not the father (only kidding, of course!), but based on baby pictures of little Travis, Anna is most definitely his daughter! It reminds me of 9th grade biology and learning about genes. My mind starts reeling and begins to hurt because of all that I can't remember!

Anna was born with deep blue eyes. They began changing after her first few months into an almost blueish, greenish, brownish color, and have since settled on brown with green flecks. So maybe it'd be more appropriate to call them hazel? After brown seemed to be the permanent hue we began asking our family members who shares this same trait with Anna. We knew none of our siblings nor parents do. Both sets of parents and all 4 siblings (Travis' brother and my three siblings) all have blue or green eyes. So we just assumed Anna could only have either blue or green eyes since we figured one or the other is dominant and no where in our immediate families is there a dominant brown. How is it possible she has brown eyes?! But, hold up. We found out my uncle (my mother's brother) and Travis's grandma (his father's mother) have brown eyes. Interesting! I still proceeded to google how it could be possible that Anna has brown eyes with parents having blue and green eyes (even with brown being in our extended family). And lo and behold I came to this site that again had my mind spinning with talks of genes, recessive and dominant traits, and lots of "BB's, bb's, and Bb's". After reading and reading and then taking a break to eat a bowl of cereal because my mind couldn't contain all that was being said and reading some more I finally figured out it is very possible (but very rare) that Anna has been passed down a dominant brown gene. It could also be a number of other reasons as to why she has brown eyes (such as environmental effects and DNA changes) but the most important fact that I discovered is that Anna is an anomaly, she's unique, remarkable, exceptional, ONE-OF-A-KIND! I find this so amazing and beautiful, so amazingly beautiful! I already knew our little girl was special in so many ways, but this small feature just makes her that much more.

And there's your biology lesson for the day, brought to you by this sweet, little gem ;)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Snowed In

We were snowed in for three days--well as snowed in as you can get in the south. We got a whopping 8 inches! That's a big deal down here. And I laughed. A lot. Until I tried to drive and saw what a complete mess the roads were without a snow plow truck on every street like you get in the midwest. After I laughed a lot, I cried because I dislike the snow very, very much. I didn't mind it too much growing up but for some reason in recent years I've begun to despise it. It's cold, wet, and anything you drop into it becomes cold and wet and most likely ruined. Plus, living in the south the mention of flurries shuts the whole city down, which for this busy body who always has a plan (grocery day on Monday, bible study on Tuesday, YMCA on Wednesday...you get the idea, we have a schedule to keep!) it throws the whole day into a kink. And most likely the subsequent days because this city can't just have one "snow day".

With all that said, we had to keep busy for three days last week lest we go insane! I collected a few ideas from friends who have had toddlers during the winter months, and away we went at keeping ourselves busy!

The first snow day we barely got an inch of snow. Grass was poking out of the top, and yet the kids still were out of school. So what do you do when there is less than an inch of snow and no school? You sled, of course! And what do you sled on? A piece of cardboard, of course!

Our friend Stephanie taking advantage of her snow day.

Anna and I stayed warm inside dancing to music and reading books while Travis spent 3 hours throwing snowballs at kids. After insistent grunts towards the back door Anna and I finally ventured out into the bitter cold. It lasted only a few minutes because I'm a wussy Anna has a cold.

The next day I put my friends' suggestions to good use. I looked up an easy peasy recipe for making homemade play-do. However, I had to improvise because I ran out of salt. Apparently you have to follow the recipe to a "T" because ours came out a little sticky. I added a lot more flour and it helped some. But Anna's first play-do experience only lasted about 2 minutes before she wanted to eat it.

This was right after she put some in her mouth. See the little piece hanging from her lips. Yum.

Although it is edible I really didn't want her overdosing on salt and flour. So we moved on...

I laid out a towel, put a few cups of rice into a tupperware container, threw down a few measuring cups and Anna was satisfied for an hour! This child won't sit still for 3 minutes, but for rice it's a different story.

After lunch and a nap (from all of us!) we decided to brave the 8 inches and walk to the nearest Redbox. It's about a quarter of a mile (which seems a lot farther when you're trudging through the snow!) so we put Anna in her hiking carrier, strapped her onto Travis' back, and away we went.

Although I hate the snow, it wasn't too cold outside and it was nice to just get out of the house. When we returned kids were still sledding (do they ever stop?!) so Travis decided to try taking Anna down our little hill.

Here in the south you either sled on cardboard (see first picture) or on a boogie board. Travis and Anna chose the latter.

I could only take the cold and snow for so long before I used the excuse again that Anna has a cold so we went inside, snuggled up on the couch, invited a few kids over, and watched our Redbox movie Turbo--cute movie, by the way!

Now that the snow and cold are behind us (well, at least for this week) I'm already thinking about all the fun things we'll get to do outdoors. I'm so ready to have our front door wide open with the spring breeze and scent of flowers drifting through our house. I'm ready to feel the sun's warmth and take Anna to the park to run around. I'm ready for shorts and flip flops. I can't wait for Spring and another new adventure with a toddler!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Little He or Little She?

The butterflies began fluttering as soon as I arrived at Abby and Amanda's house. I couldn't believe the day had finally arrived. We were going to find out the gender! Wait, who's baby is this? Certainly not mine, but for a second I had to remind myself I'm not the one who's pregnant here. Gender reveal parties are where it's at! The suspense, the excitement, the waiting, and then...the REVEAL! It's a big deal. And only those who have participated can truly understand the joy + eager anticipation that are involved.

We had a small get together Saturday night to celebrate our good friends Stephen and Heather Jackson and the newest addition to their already precious family of three.

Little Kiah came running into the living room clueless as to what we were all doing. All she cared about were the pink and blue m&m's set on display. As we took pictures voting on what we thought the Jackson's baby gender is, Kiah was not to be left out.

"Pick blue or pink, Kiah. Do you think you'll have a baby brother or baby sister?"

She chose pink!
The rest of the votes...

We enjoyed a delicious meal together but not without our conversations centering on that cake and what color would be seen once it was cut. We just couldn't wait!!! Dishes were cleaned just as quickly as the food was devoured and the time had come to pop open the champagne (sparkling grape juice for Heather!) and let the Jackson's slice into that cake! Shrills from the ladies and woooo's from the guys led up to that last moment and then...

IT'S A BOY!!!!   

Everyone was so excited! Heather really wanted a boy and Stephen got his mini-me. And once again, I was wrong! Note to self and others: when asking what I think a baby's gender will be know that it'll always be the opposite of what I guess. I've never been right, not even once.

We immediately checked the gender reveal picture just to be sure. Because, you know, we're ultrasound technicians and know exactly what we're looking for.

The cake ended up tasting better than we had thought it would and the pop of blue made it that much better!

Seriously, gender reveal parties are the best! I loved every moment spending it with my friends and eagerly waiting to see what color was inside that cake. How blessed that little boy is to have such wonderful and God-fearing parents in Stephen and Heather and a sweet and loving big sister in Kiah! Now the next reveal will be when we get to finally meet the little guy--I can't wait! Here's to great friends, a new baby boy, and being a great big sister!

"You mean I have to share my mommy and daddy now?"