Pregnancy Update | 31 Weeks

First off, let me apologize for the extremely long absence of blog posts. The holidays kicked my butt, not to mention our household has been plagued with a stomach bug. Fortunately, it looks as though all of that is behind us and I’m back to the blogging world, which is good considering I only have 9 weeks left until Baby Brack #2 makes her appearance!! HOLY COW HOW DID TIME GO SO FAST?!?!?!

I’m definitely starting to stress about all that is left to do (and buy) for baby. The nursery furniture is moved into her room, but the rest of the room has continued to remain our dumping ground for all things that don’t have a home yet. Not to mention, we have some key items that we haven’t purchased (i.e., breast pump, newborn diapers, crib sheets). I know it will all come together. Somehow it always does and the silver lining is that Shawn only has 2 more trips left for this year and then he is home for 2 whole months!! I’m so ready to have him home and I know he is probably looking forward to his honey-do list.

img_4289

How far along: 31 weeks + 1 day

Size of baby: About the size of a bunch of asparagus (or approximately 16.1 inches long and 3.31 pounds)

Weight gain: I’m finally starting to gain weight, but I’m definitely nowhere near where I was with Maverick. As of my last appointment, I still have 15 lbs. to gain to equal the weight I gained while pregnant with him. I have a feeling that won’t be a problem though, since I’ve eaten half a package of Double Stuf Oreos this week–by myself.

Pregnancy symptoms: Heartburn still and some mild discomforts, but mostly insomnia. This is a new ballpark for me since I’ve always been a good sleeper, but now I can’t sleep to save my life. When bedtime rolls around, I’m ready to clean the house, organize the closets & throw a dance party. I try  to lay down, but my mind just races and I toss and turn. It’s been between 1-2 AM every night this week before I’m finally asleep. At least I’ll be ready for those late nights once she arrives though, right?

Kick Count: She’s active, but still nothing like her brother was. She moves mostly when Maverick is sitting/laying on her and when the boys get loud in the house.

Food cravings/aversions: I still want everything sweet I can possible get my hands on and the chocolate milk craving I had with Maverick is back too. Meats don’t sound good still, but I’m trying.

Physically I feel pretty good for only have 2 months left, but mentally, I’m stressed. There’s still a lot to do and with Maverick’s birthday and Christmas thrown right in the middle, I feel like it’s never going to come together. But I’m staying positive because I know it will all be okay. She’s coming whether her room is ready or not and there’s nothing I can do about it, but if someone could slow down time for me in the meantime that would be great! Thanks!

FriYAY!!

Happy Friday! Here are 5 random things to top off your week:

one. Remember when I said that our annual matching family Christmas pajamas was one of my most favorite things ever? Well, guess what arrived in the mail this week?! I found this year’s set at The Children’s Place. Yes, even for Shawn & I! They have adult sizes in their sleepwear section! I was shocked and the best part, they were 50% off and I got free shipping. Is it Christmas Eve yet?!

christmas-pajamas

two. On Wednesday, Maverick spent all afternoon & evening wearing only his shirt and raincoat. He saw it hanging in his closet after his nap and requested he wear it. It was absolutely adorable!

img_4169

Since his birthday is coming up in December, I’m wondering if I should get him some dress up clothes? I think he would LOVE this.

img_4171

three. Speaking of jackets that my son loves to wear, I found this little gem at Sears. It’s perfect for these fall mornings we have been having. It’s fleece-lined so its warmer than a regular hoodie, but lighter than his winter coat. Best part? It’s on sale!

jacket

four. I pride myself on being a great planner, but I have desperately failed with Halloween this year. I haven’t even begun to prepare Maverick’s costume and when I was looking at the calendar this morning, I realized that I scheduled my pregnancy glucose test for the morning AFTER Halloween!! Looks like I’ll be celebrating this weekend with candy and not on Monday evening. Boo.

five. Shawn has been traveling for work and has been gone every week this month, but today he comes home and is home for 2 WHOLE WEEKS! This is big!! I hope he is ready for it because this mama needs a nap.

Happy Friday everybody!! Have a great weekend!

Pregnancy Update | 25 Weeks

This week marks my 25th week of pregnancy with Baby Brack #2! I don’t know what’s scarier — the fact that 25 weeks have already passed or that I only have 15 more weeks to go before I’m a mom of two kids, 2 years old & under!!

Either way, I’m getting excited for Baby Girl’s arrival. The nursery is painted, the crib is picked out and the chair & ottoman for her room got ordered last weekend (thanks, Mom)!

img_4135

PS Ignore the bad selfie, I’m working on getting a camera tripod, but the high-chair & my iPhone are my best options for the time being 🙂

How far along: 25 weeks + 1 day

Size of baby: About the size of a head of cauliflower

Weight gain: More like weight loss! I’ve actually lost weight this pregnancy and while the doctor is slightly concerned, I’m not. I tried explaining that I went from a desk job to being a full-time toddler wrangler (AKA stay-at-home mom) and that’s probably why I’m not packing on the pounds. But she wants to see some increase on the scale at my next visit, so I’m doing my best to indulge in all things cookies, ice cream & chocolate.

Pregnancy symptoms: During Maverick’s pregnancy, I had heartburn from the first trimester up until he was born. Like the Old Wive’s tale says, he was born with a FULL head of hair. Fortunately with Baby Girl I hadn’t had any heartburn until this week and it’s back with a vengeance. It usually starts between 8:30-9 PM and it’s so bad that if I lay down, I feel like I might vomit. I told Shawn that she better come out with a full ponytail because this is vicious.

Other than that, I’ve had some minor cramping, but nothing concerning. It’s likely because I’m not a good pregnant person and insist on doing the same things I would do while not pregnant (i.e., stand on a 6-foot ladder to help paint our master bedroom).

Kick Count: Minor movements during the day, but she’s super active in the evenings & at night. Shawn & my Mom have felt her move and she’s kicked Maverick a few times while I was rocking him to sleep, but he didn’t seem to notice.

Food cravings/aversions: I crave all things sweet, especially cookie dough & ice cream and still have quite an aversion to chicken. Yuck!

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m starting to get the lower back pain and I did have 1 or 2 Braxton Hicks contractions a few weeks ago, but it really has been an easy 25 weeks. Let’s hope the next 15 weeks are smooth sailing too!

Family Pictures with Missy Moore Photography

As a wife and mother, I have a lot of goals and traditions that I want to uphold for my family. The typical ones, like raising a well-mannered child & getting your favorite dinner on your birthday. And then the ones that make me all giddy and happy inside — annual family pictures & wearing matching PJs on Christmas.

While I have yet to find this year’s Christmas attire (still looking!), I did get to cross annual family pictures off my list for 2016!

The incredibly talented Missy Moore has become our family photographer, if you will. She is the owner of Missy Moore Photography and does an AMAZING job.

This year we took pictures on William Jewell College’s campus and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening. It was warm for a fall evening, but bearable which I’m so thankful for because pregnant + heat often ends in a sweaty, nasty mess, but not this time!

Like any mom preparing for family pictures, I stressed about what everyone would wear. Luckily, it came together rather easy this year. Since boys are easier to dress (and don’t really care what they wear), I always try to find my outfit first and then coordinate Shawn & Maverick to what I picked.

Initially when I tried on my dress, I didn’t end up buying it. I was worried it was too tight and settled for a plain, olive green shirt instead. A few days later though, my mom and I were back at Target and I tried the dress on for her and she sold me on it.

dress

Not only was my dress comfortable, but I LOVE the color and I think it was a perfect fit for my growing bump.

shirt / jeans / shoes

As for the boys, I also found Maverick’s shirt at Target (and on clearance!) which I paired with his favorite pair of Old Navy jeans that we already owned and his Converse tennis shoes.

For Shawn, I picked up a shirt at Kohl’s and he paired it with his go-to jeans and some dress shoes.

shirt

My favorite thing about working with Missy is that she offers photo sessions that only last 30 minutes. It makes it easy to fit into our crazy schedule and it’s the perfect time length for active toddlers (and bored husbands).

I absolutely love this year’s pictures and I can’t wait for her to come to the house to shoot Baby Brack #2’s newborn pictures when she arrives in February.

The VERY best part about annual pictures, though? Seeing how much has changed in a year.

2015

2016

Thank you again, Missy! You are fabulous!

Weekend Recap

Mondays are usually a drag, but today starts a week of Shawn being home on vacation, which is really just the icing on the cake to a great weekend!

We had a family day on Friday at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. I had tried to take Maverick by myself a few weeks ago, but it was so hot and miserable, we didn’t stay long. Luckily, this time the weather was absolutely beautiful and Shawn was there to keep up with Maverick while this pregnant mama brought up the rear.

dsc_0127

Maverick’s favorite part was by far the baby goats. He wasn’t interested in feeding them the bottles, but he sure loved petting them!

dsc_0131

We tried checking out the ducks and the fish, but Maverick could have cared less. He was just upset that he couldn’t get in the pond to swim with them.

dsc_0138

dsc_0140

Seriously though, could these guys get any cuter?! LOVE!

We also did the wagon ride, walked through the butterfly garden and enjoyed a sack lunch before heading home for a long nap. It really was a great day with my boys!

img_4083

Friday night one of Maverick’s favorite teachers from his daycare days came over to babysit so Shawn and I could enjoy a double date with my Mom & step-father, Wayne. We went to Dave & Busters and had an absolute blast! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Plus who doesn’t love arcade games and photo booths?

img_4085

On Sunday, my mom came over early to help Shawn paint the nursery. In an effort to escape the fumes, Maverick and I met my best friend, Brittany (or better known as Aunt B) at the most delicious bagel place–Meshuggah Bagels. For Kansas City locals, it’s on 39th Street and while the place itself is small inside, the bagels are absolutely to die for!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to grab any pictures because Maverick not only ate most of his plain bagel with cinnamon sugar schmear, but he also enjoyed part of my sesame bagel with their seasonal pumpkin pie schmear. But trust me when I say they were THE BEST! Maybe we’ll just have to make this a regular Sunday morning outing?

After bagels, Maverick and I ran a few more errands and came home to a painted nursery for Baby Brack #2. The color couldn’t be more perfect, but I’m keeping it a secret until we get it all decorated.

It really was a great weekend and I’m so excited that house projects are getting checked off the list. In fact, I think while Shawn is off this week we are going to try and paint the master bedroom too since it’s the only room in the house that we haven’t painted yet. Plus, we’ll be getting ready for our annual trip to Dallas to visit my grandma.

Hope you have a happy Monday!

Nursery Inspiration

Baby Brack #2 is due to make her arrival in early February 2017, but with the holidays quickly approaching, we are trying to get a jumpstart on the nursery before the calendar gets hectic. Our plan is to start painting this weekend and then over the next few months slowly acquire the furniture & decor.

Here’s what I’m dreaming up for our little princess:

blog-graphic-2

Room color: As much as I love the color pink, I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of painting her room that color (and I think Shawn was relieved), so we found the perfect shade of light purple–Violet Cache from the HGTV Collection by Sherwin-Williams.

Dresser & Crib: We are purchasing the exact same dresser & crib set that Maverick currently has. While I wish Maverick was out of his crib, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon, so moving it into the baby’s room isn’t an option. Our plan is to eventually get the toddler rail for Maverick’s crib and then when Baby #2 is ready, we’ll move the rail we already have to her bed and Maverick’s bed can either become a day bed or a full-size bed. Plus, both kids will then have dressers they can grow up with.

Crib bedding: I searched forever and finally found crib bedding that I like. I wanted her room to be simple, yet sophisticated and I love the damask print, so it was a perfect fit. Plus, it matches the paint color exactly! 

Lamp: When I was registering I stumbled across this cute little lamp and couldn’t resist. I love having a small light in the kid’s rooms for late night feedings or 3 AM diaper changes. It gives me enough brightness to see what I’m doing, but doesn’t wake them up as much as the overhead light does.

Monogram: Maverick has his name spelled out above his crib. I painted & decorated the letters and they are adorable, but were an absolute nightmare to hang up. I knew Shawn would kill me if I had him hang another name on the wall, so I found this adorable monogram that can be personalized with her initials. I think it would be perfect above her crib and way easier for Dad to hang.

Artwork: One of my favorite sayings is, “Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains.” It embodies so much of what I want for my daughter, so I was super excited when I found it here–and in purple!

Glider: No nursery is complete without a comfortable glider & ottoman. For Maverick, we reused an old rocker that my mom sewed new cushions for and he still loves it! I didn’t want to take it away from him, plus it would be a tight squeeze for 2 kids during our nightly story time, so I’m hoping to find something a little bigger for Baby #2’s room. Plus, I figured if we get it in gray we can move it to other parts of the house once the kiddos outgrow it.

I can’t wait to get started on the decorating! Wish us luck on our painting this weekend!

Story Time at the Library

There are times where I let my expectations get the best of me. I write the script for how my day will go or how a conversation will sound. In my head, everything plays out perfectly, and oftentimes accompanied with a world-class soundtrack playing in the background.

My first day as a stay-at-home mom was no exception.

You see, Maverick loves books. I mean, LOVES them. Nothing would make him happier than if we read books, all day, every day and never did anything else. As a mom, seeing him be such an avid book lover at the rip ol’ age of 1 makes me feel as though I’m actually doing something right. So to help encourage his thirst for knowledge, I signed us up for our first Story Time at the library.

In preparation for our adventure, we arrived at the library early–newly printed library card in hand. We were pumped!

As class started the librarian instructed everyone to find a carpet square to sit on.

Maverick didn’t want to sit on a carpet square. Instead he wanted to sit in the corner, furthest away from everyone in the room. I let it slide and took a seat on my carpet square.

During the story, Maverick refused to participate. In fact, he didn’t even listen. He sat in his corner, with his fingers in his ears. I acted like I didn’t know him as the other moms started giving me “the look.”

As the book ended, Maverick began slowly making his way to the circle. In fact, he let everyone know he was coming by loudly screaming, “MA MA MA MA MA MA MA MA MA,” the entire time he army crawled across the floor.

It was becoming clear that Maverick was not going to follow the script I had written and re-written in anticipation for this big outing. I lowered my expectations and just prayed that we’d survive the next 20 minutes without incident, but really who was I kidding?

While the librarian lead the group in song, I watched Maverick from the corner of my eye empty the entire contents of my purse onto the floor. I tried, Lord knows I tried, to discreetly and quietly stop him, but he wasn’t having it. So I decided to pick my battle and let him be. He wasn’t hurting anybody and he was being quiet, so I sat there as Chapstick, my wallet, a hairbrush, ponytail holders, old receipts and gum wrappers gathered at my feet.

“Okay, kids let’s grab a scarf,” instructed the librarian. As Maverick bolted to the front of the class to grab a neon scarf to dance with to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” I began cleaning up the clutter. I looked up, just in time to see my son twirling around the room–scarf and tampon in hand.

Yes, tampon. From my purse that he had just emptied.

I don’t know what’s more mortifying–the death glares I received from the other moms whose children won’t acting like lunatics or seeing my toddler dance with a tampon in a room full of strangers. Either way, I was dying inside.

The song ended. The scarves were put up and Maverick found his seat, still clinging onto the tampon as though it was his favorite stuffed giraffe.

“Oh, look Mav! They are getting the parachute out,” I said excitedly as the librarian began unfolding the classic parachute that brings back so many good memories of elementary gym class.

“AHHHHHHH,” screamed Maverick as he threw the tampon into the middle of the group and bolted out of the Story Time room and into the main library.

My reaction time was delayed just long enough that Maverick had enough time to begin clearing an entire bookshelf onto the floor. I grabbed him, a handful of books and stormed to the checkout kiosk. I was livid, embarrassed and heartbroken.

My child doesn’t behave like this and rarely (if ever) in public. I was at a loss, but determined to stick to the part of my script where we checkout books and read them together.

“Please see the Customer Service desk,” read the kiosk when I scanned my brand-new, never-before-used library card.

“Whatever. Maverick come with mommy for a minute, please,” I said as I struggled to grab my purse and a stack of books that I hadn’t even read the titles for.

“NOOOOOOOOOO,” yelled Maverick as he took off for the front door with a book in hand.

Before I could stop him, the book he was holding triggered the alarm. Red lights started flashing and sirens blared. Terrified, my son dropped to the floor and began wailing at the top of his lungs. The entire library stopped to watch as my son rolled around the floor, screaming.

“It’s the book. It’s not checked out,” said the extremely helpful librarian.

“Yes, I know,” I said I was ran to his aid.

I scooped Maverick up in one arm, grabbed the book, threw it over my shoulder and out the door we went.

Needless to say, we didn’t bring home any books and we have yet to return to the library. Maybe one day…after I found a new location.