Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bump Update!

Hah, I was laying in bed next to Finn this morning and thought how funny it would be to post a bump update for this pregnancy. My first and only one at almost 39 weeks.


Last pregnancy I posted often of the progress, this time not so much. This girl is just as loved, but this mama is just a little busier and probably more tired. And surprisingly, although, many say each pregnancy is different, this one was pretty similar to Finn's.

First trimester - I started out incredibly thankful to skip the morning sickness. I just had a few weeks of food aversions and a lack of appetite. But that definitely came back. I also was what I call a sleepy sloth for the first trimester. I could go to sleep (and often would) right after putting Finn to bed around 8:30pm. It was definitely different this time with having a toddler, I remember when pregnant with Finn I would just nap as soon as I got home from work. That just wasn't an option this time, lol.

Second trimester - This brought a thankful wave of energy. I can't remember what I accomplished though, hah, but I just know I wasn't as tired. Still didn't have any cravings this pregnancy. Just regular foods that I desired before.

Third trimester - Third trimester was only slightly different. I woke up to a few charlie horses in my calves, not many, that happened when with Finn. But one difference I can think of is having a little bit of cramping I think due to my low lying placenta. This girl also feels like she is just about to fall out, lol, she is so low. Maybe I felt that with Finn but just don't remember. Also in this third trimester I've had heartburn. But it's not too much at all, just sometimes, but I don't remember having that at all with Finn. Rob and I laugh to see if the myth is true and she'll come out with a head full of hair. Rob also thinks it would be funny for Skye to come out with dark brown hair. (Both Rob and I were blonde babies, so we expected Finn to be blonde)

It's been different this time not getting Skye's room together. Because of house repairs (mold removal) that's on schedule to occur, we can't do her room. Instead I have a closet with all of her stuff gathered for her room. I painted her a big canvas painting to hang and Rob will do some origami for above the crib. Then there's lots of little things to add. But I think not doing her room has probably been good for me. Not feeling the pressure to complete it. And I also think it'll be relatively easy to complete it once we can go in there since everything is all together already.

We've tried to prep Finn as much as we can for him to understand. But we'll see, he is certainly a mama's boy right now. The fact that I won't be able to pick him up for a number of weeks while recovering from the c-section may be a little difficult, but we think he'll be great whether sooner or later.

So we're T-minus 4 days from my scheduled c-section and meeting this sweet baby girl. My hospital bag is packed. The car seat is almost in the car. Our schedule for Finn is set. We're as ready as we can be. Looking forward to the new adventures and praying for God's grace and peace to fill us as we transition to becoming a family of FOUR!


Can't wait to meet you sweet girl!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

All About Finn - 2 1/2

With such few posts lately, I thought I'd post one for Rob and I...and I guess Finn if he cares ones day. :))

So here are a lot of words with pics of our sweet boy at the end.

This boy's interests are so fun to discover. He's a silly boy with a sweet and somewhat quiet demeanor (like his mama was) and definitely is growing into a little boy.

Some of his current likes:
  • Garbage trucks. Seriously, kid wakes up to the sound of those squeaky breaks almost every Monday and Thursdays. Rob and I usually run and pick him up and take him to the couch to watch. There have been days that we've totally wheeled out an empty can outside just to watch the garbage truck pick it up, lol. There's also been times we've missed it. Those days are sad. But thankfully YouTube has a video or two (or 100) of footage of garbage trucks picking up trash.
  • Yellow construction trucks. Especially the ones that dig in the dirt, also known as excavators. (I'm pretty sure I didn't know what that was called before having to research these). Yeah, he's happy when we drive and see mounds of dirt which yellow trucks around.
  • Mailman. Are you noticing a theme? He yells "mail-mu!" when he sees these on the road.
  • Fire trucks. Mh hmm, it's helpful that we have a dear friend who works at the fire station right down the road. We've been able to take him there a few times which he talks about every time we drive by the station.
  • Helicopters/Planes. Still loves these things and gets excited whenever we catch one in the sky. On July 4th we watched the fireworks take off from the top of the airport parking lot. He was happily overwhelmed by everything going on around us.
  • Singing happy birthday. This is his favorite song. We record every birthday song for him to watch later because he loves it. He learned how to say birthday just in time for my birthday last month. It was just a little heart melting to hear him say "happy birday mama".
  • Swimming/jumping in the pool. I plan to get him in swim lessons when he turns three but for now the boy love jumping in and out of the pool, especially at Papa and Grandmars house.
  • Cookies and m&m's. Lol, yeah, I just thought I'd throw that one in here as it's usually a request we hear every day in our house.
Some of his current dislikes:
  • Diaper changes. Still not a fan. We've got a little potty in the house, just waiting for him to gain more interest.
  • Being denied anything. Hah, we definitely don't let him get his way at times. At those times, the tantrums can be present. Rob and I like to reenact them after Finn's in bed sometimes, I can hold it together but there's been a time or two where he's looked at me with the most accusing face and said "what are you talking about?!" and I had to practice serious control, lol. No idea where he picked that up from.
Haven't mentioned on here but we had gone through a lot of change over the past few months as we thought Finn had some intense food allergies. Like we were told to avoid all dairy, soy, legumes, tomato, fruit (yes all fruit). It was awful. But thankfully and surprisingly we got a second opinion and were told that with his skin condition (which prompted our food allergy questions) that he just has eczema and not to avoid the foods we were avoiding if he was having no reaction. It was a huge sigh of relief. We were viewing the original diagnosis as really long journey. As a lot of kids don't outgrow food allergies until 5-6 years old.

Anyway, all that to say that we are relieved and very happy. Denying him foods was rough, so the fact that I can give him green beans and corn is like a breath of fresh air.

We're definitely organizing and purging our house as we get closer to Skye's arrival. We're excited. And I think watching Finn and this baby girl interact is going to melt me into a puddle.

I hope to have a post of Finn's big boy room as we'll be transitioning him soon. I'm so excited to DIY an adorable tent in his room. Skye's room will be coming together probably after she's born because of home repairs that won't be completed till possibly after she's born, but I'm having fun working on her art work and Rob will be doing another origami mobile for her. More to come!

Hoping you all are well!



 

Friday, August 7, 2015

A Shower for Skye

Oh goodness, what a beautiful shower it was. My sister and dear friend designed and decorated the shower and it was so lovely. We had it at my mom's house who graciously let hot air balloons and clouds hang from her ceiling, yep, it was beautiful. Alright, on to iPhone pics...(I seriously need to dust off my Nikon)...


 
Beautiful cupcakes made by my dear friend, Brandy. I just love those little gold cupcake wrappers...
 

 
The food was delicious...my sister was so thoughtful and remembered my love for the buffalo chicken strips from Toojays and had those in the tins on the right. They were quite a hit. Oh and she made a marshmallow/fluff fruit dip...um...yeah, that was good.
 
 
 
 
Although it's circulated that I'm not a huge fan of pink...pink/coral and gold combinations seem to make the cut according to my face in this pic...
 
 
 
Blurry and grainy, but Rob's specialty with Finn...
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
Okay, I've seriously been convinced that I need to be using my Nikon after going through these photos!
 
I wasn't able to snag a pic with everyone but it was such a lovely shower. So thankful. We got so many things for our girl and to just help us out too.
 
Life has been incredibly busy and full, we're in the middle of house repairs (waiting on a new roof and then have mold to be removed from two/maybe three rooms of our house). I'm also purging the house of stuff that needs to go. Also working on getting Finn's big boy room ready for him and then one day I'll get to get Skye's room (Finn's nursery) decorated (have to wait for mold behind wall to be removed). Constantly having to let go of what and how I wish things would play out. It's a good lesson for my patience and control, to just let go.
 
We're a month away from this baby's due date, can't believe it, but also so ready to meet this little one.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thankful

This past week we were blessed to get out of town and visit this beautiful spot only an hour away from us.


We stayed here last year with my brother and sister-in-law and were back at it again this year. What was new this year is that we actually had a pool loving boy.

It made it so fun to be able to just stay in the pool while he jumped from the edge to your arms constantly. He loved it. We'd go from jumping to then doing little jumps on the steps of the pool. Oh how fun it'll be when this boy can swim.




He looks h-u-g-e in this pic...(but he's still so little to me)


We were able to relax and just swim, nap, write, read, make food, swim again and hang out with family. It was a blessing knowing very full well that this will be our last vacation as a family of three, and I'm anticipating that although life will be filled with our newest blessing soon, it'll also be a lot more work caring for two. I'm excited though and we will thrive off of God's strength to get us through those first few months. Maybe by Christmas season (or before!) we'll be in that sweet spot of having a routine that just flows. We'll see. We'll definitely be working toward it. 


I officially entered my third trimester yesterday. This pregnancy is a-flyin. Although yes it's true, I'm not taking as many pictures of my pregnant self or documenting every detail as I did when I didn't have a toddler, but I'm still in awe of this little growing girl.


Girl. I still can't believe we're having a girl! Hah, but same with Finn, things just don't sink in quite like they do when they place the little one on your chest.

My sister and dear friend are in the works of organizing a little shower for this girl. It's fun this time around knowing what I'll need. I won't forget at Finn's shower opening things having no idea what the item actually did.

Anyway, I feel like I'm rambling. Lately I feel like my feelings, my mind, my soul, all can be summed up in songs. I'll leave with this one that's in my head right now...thankful for the reminders of God's grace with me and unfailing love to carry me through every aspect of life. A constant needed reminder.

 
 
Hoping you all are well!
 


Friday, June 5, 2015

Belated Gender Reveal

Hallo! So since it's been a while I thought I'd blog about something that happened yes a whole month ago...our gender reveal party!

Like last time with Finn, Rob and I decided, although it was a little harder this time, to turn our heads at the sono to later find out at a little get-together. While we drove to drop Finn off with my sister before my appointment we were on the fence of whether to look or not. The hardest part was knowing that our appointment was on Monday and our little party wasn't going to happen till Friday.

But in the end we didn't look.

Instead we changed the party to Monday night. :-D

Going back to our appointment, it was really great. The little one was very active, was sticking her tongue out and even gave us a thumbs up. We then saw the doctor who delivered Finn and she didn't want to spend too much time with us for fear of slipping on the gender.


I then left for work, and Rob and my sister then worked on getting the party planned for that night.

Cause again. We had no patience. Ain't nobody got time for that!

I dropped off the sono pic at the bakery to be ready in just 5 hours (thanks Publix!)...


and then I watched the minutes tick by at work till it was time for me to go home.

Once home, I pulled out the decorations from our last party (yay for saving stuff!) and threw those up. I didn't want it to feel completely last minute, lol.



This picture was brought to you thanks to an m&m bribe... :-D



After we quickly gobbled down pizza, we took a picture of the guesses. It was a little girl heavy this time.



Not everyone was able to make it due to our last minute planning, but we facetimed with Greg, Jen and Bella so they could find out with us too. Finally we cut into the cake and found out that we're having a baby GIRL...



Yep, I was completely shocked. Didn't really see that coming at all. A girl! Finn was overwhelmed and cried a little (he's a lil sensitive and understandably confused). He's working out his emotions constantly, being a toddler isn't easy. :-D

Anyway, we're happy to welcome a little girl to our family. Finn will be such a great brother. I'm thankful and honored that Rob and I are given this opportunity to parent these babies and watch them dream and develop their own personalities and interests. I think that's been one of my favorite parts. Praying for these two constantly and thanking God for such a gift.

Just like with Finn, we took a picture of me with the baby's name not too long after...


We really clicked with the name Skye similarly to how we just clicked with the name Finn. The middle name is in honor of my friend, Larsen. Elizabeth is her middle name.


Skye Elizabeth we all look forward to meeting you face to face little one!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter 2015

Well hello! Long time, no blog. To explain the past three months in a short period of time, I’ll say this…  

My first trimester turned me into a sleepy sloth.  

Rob and I are expecting our second babe (found out on Finn’s birthday, yeah that was kinda really sweet). We’re excited and probably in denial because it just doesn’t feel real. It’s very different the second time around with an active and sweet 2 year old. I’m currently 17 weeks today and looking forward to finding out the gender in 3ish weeks.  

So yes, I’ve been sleeping a lot in the evenings, hence bringing blogging and my Circle Circle Tot Tot shop stocking to a halt. But I’m coming back. Seeing the light. 

We shared on FB this photo of the boy as our announcement for the new babe. We classified this as Finn studying up on the things to come… (not to ignore the fact that we bribed him with M&M’s for this photo) 


 We’re excited to see him step into the role of big brother and are extremely confident he’ll do great. He’s such a sweet kid. Yes, there are times that his behavior can make our eyes bug out, but he’s such a sweetie. 

 Well I dusted off the camera a bit over Easter and wanted to get back in the swing of taking some photos. You’ll notice Finn got a big boy haircut. We didn’t hesitate to trim it once we saw how much the length was bothering his eyes. I loved his long hair but with the summer also upon us we quickly realized this was the right decision. Okay, on to photos.  

We decided to do our little basket and egg hunt on Saturday since Sunday was going to be a little chaotic. I’m thinking next year I’ll start hiding the basket from him like my mom used to do. 












 We then had an Easter party with our church on Saturday afternoon.  







 Hoping you all had a wonderful Easter! 

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