Saturday, September 27, 2014

Anna's 2nd Birthday Party

Chances are when you plan a birthday party at a park that has only one shelter that is first come, first serve you won't be the first one there. That's exactly what happened when we pulled in to the parking lot of the park and the shelter was filled with people celebrating another birthday. I may or may not have cursed under my breath. Thankfully, after profusely apologizing for interrupting their party, we were good to begin setting up and they left within minutes of our party starting. Phew! Way too close!

I'm not big on characters. They're fun and all but it's just not me. However, when your daughter is absolutely obsessed with Elmo and there are billions of pins on Pinterest on how to throw an Elmo birthday party, you go with it. As I was searching for party ideas I noticed how many two year olds have Elmo parties. What is it with Elmo? Is it because he's red? Is it his cute (yet annoying) voice? Is it Mr. Noodles? Please, dear God, let it not be Mr. Noodles because I can only take so much of that guy. Whatever it is, it made it super simple to throw the perfect Elmo birthday party for our sweet little Anna.

Enjoy scrolling through our special day celebrating a big two year old! Sorry I'm not sorry for the amount of pictures.

Elmo veggie tray. How cute are these? Tomatoes, olives, carrots, and ranch dressing.

Elmo fruit tray with strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, and cream cheese dip. Yum!!!

And Travis' cousin, Angel did it again! These Elmo cupcakes are ohhh so cute and were just as delicious! She is the best!




Pin the nose on Elmo!




Anna's turn! She knew exactly where Elmo's nose goes :)


Time for CUPCAKES!!!

Waiting so patiently. 

I love that little face.

Since it was my birthday too we added another candle so we could blow our candles out together ;) 


Finally!!!

There's no getting between a girl and her cupcake!


Another Pinterest idea: her tshirt. Super easy to make and I love how it turned out!

I still can't believe she's 2!
I also got the party favors idea from Pinterest too. When you have 18 kids coming to the party you have to DIY!


Goldfish, crayons, and coloring aren't just Elmo's favorite, Anna loves them all too! 
Anna has a ton of great friends and family! 

I'm so happy with how Anna's party turned out. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. We're so thankful to our friends and family who came to help celebrate our sweet Anna turning two. It made the day even more special. It's still so hard to believe our tiny baby has become a big girl and will very soon become a big sister! I love this little family of mine and I know my heart will continue to grow bigger and bigger as the years roll by. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's Getting Real, Folks

Is it ok to say I'm not really ready for baby boy to come? Yes, I want to meet our little man. Yes, I want to hold him in my arms and feel relief from all the aches and pain. Yes, I want to see Anna's joy when she gets to finally meet her baby brother. But mentally, emotionally, I'm just not ready. We have everything we really need. Diapers & wipes, check. Carseat, check. Bassinet, check. Blankets and clothes, check. Mama's milk, check when he makes his appearance. And while my body is definitely ready to feel back to normal again (I know it'll take a few weeks after he comes), I don't know if I'm ready for the sleepless nights, the wondering of why he's crying, the fear of Anna stepping on him or poking his eyes out, or the anxiety and realness that goes along with transitioning from one child to two. My concern when I was pregnant with Anna was all "Oh no, I don't have the nursery done yet." Psh, this time around, all he gets is a bassinet beside Mama. The nursery is the farthest from my mind now that I know what having a newborn is like. Plus with Anna and Juice Drop sharing a room he won't be in with her for a while so we'll keep it decorated for Anna for the time being. I'm officially seeing my midwife once a week now, I'll be tested for Group Beta Strep next week, baby showers are this weekend, soccer has started and the air is starting to cool. All of this means we are that much closer and inside I am freaking out. If you have any tips on how not to go crazy in the last few weeks and/or advice on transitioning from one to two I'd gladly welcome it ;)

Now let's get to a baby bump!



How far along? 35 Weeks and 3 Days

How big is baby? the size of a coconut and his testes have probably fully descended (not something I wrote during Anna's pregnancy lol)

Total weight gain: 36 pounds--officially more than what I gained with Anna and I still have 4 1/2 weeks left until due date! eek!

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, leggings, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: just awful. Most nights I find myself on the couch. It's much softer than our bed and I feel better knowing I'm not waking Travis up from my tossing and turning.

Best moment this week: Anna and my birthday celebration over the weekend! Stay tuned for a post later this week :)

Miss Anything? feeling comfortable

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: junk, junk, and anything junk

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: just the usual braxton hicks, nothing crazy this week.

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten--I've had to resort to Zantac because Tums just aren't cutting it, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, rib and back pain, and my favorite: baby kicks!

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy! 

Looking forward to: my two baby showers this Sunday and Monday! We are so blessed to have so many friends and family who are excited about Juice Drop.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Visit from MiMi and a 34 Week Bump

MiMi (Travis' mom) came to visit this past weekend! Which is a big deal around these parts. Ever since Anna spent two weeks (one week just by herself) with MiMi this summer they've been two peas in a pod. They are just too cute together. While MiMi's visit was short we still had a great time celebrating all three of our birthdays, experiencing Monkey Joe's for the first time, and Anna finally getting to see the movie Frozen for the first time even though she already sings "Let it Go!" 24/7. We were definitely sad to see her go but we know the second we tell her I'm going into labor she'll be making that 7 hour trip yet again.

MiMi came bearing gifts including this 2 foot Elmo! Anna was in love.

She also brought Anna her first set of Legos (Duplos).
Anna (or should I say Daddy) couldn't wait to start building!

We had our first experience at Monkey Joe's.
Anna was in bouncy house heaven!
She's got the "get me to the next slide NOW!" look.
"Grandma makes me smile" She sure does, Anna!

Yay for 34 weeks! Huzzah for 6 weeks until the due date! Praise the Lord the back and rib pain and heartburn are almost done! And Hallelujah, at the end we get a precious baby boy to snuggle!


How far along? 34 Weeks and 3 Days

How big is baby? the size of a butternut squash and is recognizing and reacting to familiar songs. I wouldn't be surprised if he came out singing "Let it Go!" or "The Wheels on the Bus" based on how often they are sung by a little voice around here.

Total weight gain: 32 pounds

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: some nights I have the best sleep and only wake up to pee, other nights it's almost like the night will never end, I'm wide awake, and usually find myself on the couch--Travis doesn't seem to mind.

Best moment this week: the whole weekend was just the best!

Miss Anything? as my friends sipped some wine Monday night I've got to say I was a little jealous. 

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: junk, junk, and anything junk  

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: just the usual braxton hicks, nothing crazy this week.

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, rib and back pain, and my favorite: baby kicks!

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy! 

Looking forward to: Anna and my birthday this weekend! Plus Anna's birthday party on Sunday--it's an Elmo birthday party so stay tuned for pictures!!!   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

And I'm Back!

Did ya miss me?! Sorry I've been MIA for the past two weeks. I really don't have a great excuse so I'm just not going to even try to justify myself. I will say that I'm feeling the love. I had a friend ask where my bump updates have been so it means at least one person out there cares, right?

We've (or really I should say Travis) had a pretty eventful past few weeks. Travis celebrated his 30th birthday (which he's been dreading for I feel like years!) and to commemorate such a big number we flew him out to California to go hiking and camping with his brother in Yosemite National Park. I mean, that's a big deal! At least for us (ahem, me). I've always been one to want to tag along on his little excursions but this time (and maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm getting closer to the due date) I let him freely go, no jealousy whatsoever. I'm so happy he was able to do this. He came home saying it was one of the best experiences of his life! And knowing that greatly blesses me as his wife. I'm thrilled to know it'll be a birthday he'll never forget!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

While Anna and I stayed at home we didn't just twiddle our thumbs all week. I wouldn't have let that happen. Before Travis left I made sure everyday was filled with some activity, either with just the two of us or with friends. I helped celebrate a friend's birthday, we went to the pool with friends a few times, we drove to Greenville to meet a sweet baby boy who's only two weeks old and spent the night with good friends, we enjoyed playdates and I went to a huge consignment sale and stocked up on Anna's fall and winter attire (we've been blessed with friends who've handed down plenty of clothes for baby boy to last us through the spring but I won't deny seeing all those baby boy clothes at the sale was oh so tempting!).

Celebrating our sweet friend, Heather's birthday!
Love these ladies to pieces!

Spent some time soaking up end of summer rays at the pool with a few of Anna's favorite people.
We love these ladies too!

Anna practicing being a big sister with sweet baby Baylis Rue.
Such a special afternoon with dear friends.

I don't feel like writing two separate posts for the past two bumpdates (that would just be silly and time consuming) so I'm just going to update you in one post.   



How far along? 33 Weeks and 5 Days (I'm so bad, technically I'm closer to 34 weeks than 33!)

How big is baby? the size of a durian. (I had no idea what a durian was when I was pregnant with Anna but Travis finally got to see one when he visited Southeast Asia last year. He said it's as every bit as stinky as people claim it to be but apparently everyone over there loves it! He didn't even want to try it because the stench was that bad!) Juice Drop is keeping his eyes open while he's awake and his bones are hardening.  

Total weight gain: 32 pounds. I gained 33 pounds with Anna so I'm pretty sure I'll exceed that weight gain. Unless by some miracle I only gain one more pound in the next 6 1/2 weeks. 

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: getting up every 2-3 hours to pee. Hmm, sounds a lot like foreshadowing. 

Best moment this week: spending our last free weekend just the three of us before birthday parties, soccer games, baby showers, and baby boy come!

Miss Anything? sitting in a comfortable position without immediate braxton hicks and rib pain

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: junk, junk, and anything junk  

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: just the usual braxton hicks, nothing crazy this week.

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, rib and back pain, and my favorite: baby kicks!

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy! 

Looking forward to: Mimi (Travis' mom) coming to visit this weekend! Anna is stoked!   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

9 Weeks to Go!

I just can't believe how close we're really getting. It's insane. Less than 9 weeks until baby boy's due date and some days it still doesn't feel real, like we're really going to have another human being to add to our family at the end of all this. The constant kicks and jabs and the ginormous growth hanging off of my torso should be a good reminder but I still can't fathom the fact that we'll be bringing home another baby. I look at Anna, at how old she's getting, at all that we've already been through in less than 2 years, and to think, we're going to be doing it all over again with someone completely different. Different gender, different personalities, different everything.

Those things scare me.

But then I remember the love that I had for Anna the first time I saw her. My heart just wanted to leap out of my chest. *sigh* There is nothing greater than that feeling. I can't wait to feel that all over again with another little person. I've been told that your heart just gets bigger with every one of your children. Before I even meet him I already believe that statement to be true. I know these next 2 months will just fly by but meeting our little Juice Drop can't come soon enough!


How far along? 31 Weeks

How big is baby? the size of a pineapple and all five of his senses are in working order!

Total weight gain: 31 pounds...and there I go, exceeding the 30 pound mark. My end goal is to have only gained 35-40 pounds. We'll see if I can make it 9 more weeks without going over *fingers crossed*

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: It's actually been better this week. No midnight nosebleeds and I'm not dying of heat. But I did have to get up one night 5 times (yes, 5 TIMES!) to go to the bathroom. That was about annoying as ever.

Best moment this week: as always, hearing little guy's heartbeat. Counting down the weeks until I can hear it on this side of my belly :)

Miss Anything? not feeling like an old person (i.e. joint pains, uncontrollable bladder, memory lapse, heartburn, out of breath from walking up a flight of stairs)

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: junk, junk, and anything junk  

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: just the usual braxton hicks, nothing crazy this week.

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! Something new this week, back and rib pain have started. Ugh!

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy! 

Looking forward to: meeting baby Baylis Rue and seeing his very happy (albeit tired) parents this weekend!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuckered Out

I realize that the only blog posting I've been doing lately is of my weekly bumpdates. And I have no other excuse than I.Am.Tired. Let me rephrase, I.AM.EXHAUSTED. Third trimester hit with full force. By the time Anna goes to sleep at night my whole body aches and I just want to sit in bed with a huge bowl of ice cream and binge watch "The Office" (for the millionth time). For all you mothers who have more than one child to chase around and a huge baby bump, YOU ARE MY HEROS! I don't know how you do it! Based on how I'm feeling lately Juice Drop numero dos may be numero last. I'm venting over my exhaustion now but I can only imagine what I'll feel like when baby boy finally arrives. I'm at least able to currently get 8 consecutive hours of sleep at night--if you don't count the getting up every 3 hours to pee, which I'm sure is just prepping me for what's to come. That'll be a long lost memory come October. Until then I'll enjoy the time I have now after Anna goes to sleep to rest, relax, put up my feet, and dream happy dreams of our beautiful children.

Is is just me or does my belly look HUGE?! And I have 10 more weeks of this!!!

How far along? 30 Weeks

How big is baby? the size of a cucumber (huh?? How does he goes from the size of an eggplant two weeks ago to the size of a cucumber?) His brain is getting wrinklier to make way for all that brain tissue, and he's strong enough to grasp a finger!

Total weight gain: 29 pounds

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: what's that? It's a lose, lose, lose situation for me. We're keeping the A/C set high to save money so that makes our bedroom like a furnace. We have the fan turned on which keeps the room cool but dries me out so I have nosebleeds. Not to mention getting up 5 times in one night, being obnoxiously uncomfortable, and baby boy throwing a dance party in my belly. It's just the worst. 

Best moment this week: spending time with great friends (Emily, Susan, and Laura) and laughing so hard my chest hurt after. One of the best feelings. Also the same night, introducing Emily and Laura to Cook Out milkshakes at 11 pm. No regrets (except when I literally fell into bed that night).

Miss Anything? not feeling exhausted all the time 

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: junk, junk, and anything junk  

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: just the usual braxton hicks, nothing crazy this week.

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! 

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy! 

Looking forward to: hearing Juice Drop's heartbeat this Friday (it never gets old!) and working to finish our bedroom and nursery before soccer season starts in 3 weeks!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Staying Fit at 29 Weeks Pregnant (a Bumpdate!)

I'm starting to get looks. Well I guess I've been getting looks for a few months now. But these looks are different. These looks are when I go to the YMCA and I'm sweating on the elliptical or breathing through my bicep curls. I've also received several comments, "is that ok for the baby?" "are you sure all that jumping around is good for you and the baby?" "how are you doing that?" And every time I reassure these sweet people that "yes, it's ok for the baby, as long as I feel good the jumping is good, and I'm doing it just like how you're doing it." I'm pregnant, not disabled! 

I didn't workout when I was pregnant with Anna as much as I do this time around. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we didn't have a Y membership last time. Plus having free childcare for an hour gives me a great reason to get my butt to the gym! And let me tell you on the days I workout I feel great and on the days I don't get to the gym I feel lethargic and want to just eat ice cream and watch movies all day.

I've got a pretty good routine going. Some weeks are different than others. Some weeks I don't make it to the gym as much as I'd like. Some weeks I take classes and others I go through my own circuit. Whatever I end up doing I try to workout at least 3 times a week. The classes I take at the Y are:

Wednesdays: Athletic Conditioning or Kickboxing
Thursdays: Barre Fusion 
Fridays: Athletic Conditioning

At the beginning of the week or when I'm not able to get to a class I either do a Tabata workout or do a little cardio and weight training.

Tabata Workout (this workout consists of 5 tabatas. A tabata is doing an exercise at high intensity for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes. Rest for 1 minute after each for a total of 25 minutes):

Tabata #1
jumping jacks
mountain climbers
jumping lunges
step jumps
repeat 1x

Tabata #2
reverse lunge to front kick (do opposite next set)
push ups
burpees
sprint step toes taps
repeat 1x

Tabata #3
skaters
hand walks (do opposite next set)
high knees
side step jumps (do opposite next set)
repeat 1x

Tabata #4
wide high knees
squat jumps
up/down plank
forward and backward sprints
repeat 1x

Tabata #5
plank pike jumps
scissors with a twist
front and back jumps
jump rope
repeat 1x

This workout will get you sweating! And it's quick and easy to do anywhere. I did this while we were at the lake house for our babymoon and on the beach in Florida. You don't need a gym to do this Tabata.

The other workout I do is a little longer than the Tabata but I've loved it. It really gets my heart pumping and I can feel the muscles working.

15 minutes on sit down stationary bike, resistance 10 (I still have yet to do the whole 15 minutes at a resistance of 10--super hard!)
20 squats
20 calf raises
20 plie squats (I sometimes hold a 10 lb kettle bell too)
20 lunges (repeat the above lower body exercises 1x)
15 minutes on elliptical (5 min forward resistance 6, 5 min backward squatting low resistance 10, 5 min forward resistance 6)
20 push ups
20 bicep curls
20 shoulder press
20 tricep dips (repeat the above upper body exercises 1x)
10 minute walk cool down on treadmill

Love it! So that is how I'm staying fit during this pregnancy (plus trying to eat right when my cravings aren't coercing me!) and I'm feeling great! I hear that a fit pregnancy leads to a smooth delivery and I'm really hoping that's true. I'd love for this labor and delivery to be much easier than what I had with Anna. So fingers crossed all this working out is worth it!

**Disclaimer:

...Now for a bumpdate :)

Oh, hey, pretty excited about my hair that I got done earlier this week!
Starting the ombre with a few highlights on top :)
How far along? 29 Weeks

How big is baby? the baby is the size of an acorn squash--another vegetable I'm not too familiar with but it's gotta be huge. I mean look at that belly! He's growing fat deposits under his skin and his energy is surging because of it. I can tell with all the movement going on in there! Ouch! 

Total weight gain: 29 pounds--so close to how much I gained with Anna and I still have 11 weeks left! I'm chalking it up to gaining muscle this time around with all the iron I've been pumping ;)

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: hasn't been great. Still getting up several times a night to pee. Baby is moving constantly. And it's hot.   

Best moment this week: spending time with a few friends I hadn't seen in almost a month! It was so good to catch up and begin seeing each other on a weekly basis again.

Miss Anything? being able to pick Anna up so easily. I miss that tremendously. I'm still able to hold her but it takes a lot of effort.  

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: junk, junk, and anything junk  

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: braxton hicks have slowed down since last week but I did talk to my midwife about my intense BH's. She said everything I thought she was going to say (rest and water) but she also said I could take Benadryl to help loosen the contractions. Who knew?! P.S. make sure you talk with your dr. or midwife before you do that!

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! 

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy! 

Looking forward to: beginning Girls Nights again in our neighborhood! We start back up tomorrow and I can't wait to hang out with the girls and my volunteers (who are more like good friends)!

I'd love to hear from you! How do you like to stay fit while pregnant?