2014 highlights & reflection

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 brought some major changes to our family--

In August we moved into our new house

And in November our family went from 3 to 4 & Reid was born!!
Those were definitely the biggest changes in 2014!!

Carter has grown so much this year- it's crazy to look back at how little he was at the beginning of 2014.  

We celebrated his 2nd birthday & he's now a big boy who talks like crazy & takes in (& remembers) everything!  He's working on potty training & soon will be wearing the coveted mickey underwear!

We spent many weekends at the beach--
And Christian & I went to Vegas for our friend's wedding & our first kid-free trip!
I spent most of the year teaching first grade-- which was rewarding, but also very stressful.  The role  of full-time working mom was something I struggled with.  I hit my all time low weight (112) & I spent many days & nights worrying about Carter being sick and not being able to have a sick day.  And he was sick a lot--- ear infection after ear infection.  

Luckily in March he got tubes and that cured the ear infections!
We found out in March that baby #2 was on its way! 
In July we found out it's another boy! 
 And I tried to keep track of my growing belly & take in all of the goodness of being pregnant
 (most likely for the last time.) 
Christian changed jobs in June and luckily that means a much closer commute and ability to work from home!  He spent 2 weeks in India and experienced their very different lifestyle.  And pretty much every moment of free time since August he's been painting (every room) or working on our new house.

Since Reid has joined us he has been a little doll baby!  He's calm & sweet and doesn't scream all day long!  I try to take it all in & hold tight to this feeling of love as I stare at my peaceful & healthy & sleeping baby.  

Although at times, our lives, filled with juggling toddler tantrums and a fussing baby and a house that looks like it weathered a tornado, definitely don't feel blissful, I try to remind myself of how lucky we are.

The other day after many days at home for the holidays Christian looked like he needed a break.  He mentioned possibly going back to work a day early and I responded, 
"What?!? You want to leave paradise?!"  

This is just a short season in our lives and no matter the challenges, I am so grateful to live it.
  We'll see what 2015 holds in store for us & look forward to continuing this adventure.

Welcome to the world, Reid Alexander!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Reid Alexander was born on November 22, 2014 at 11:38pm.
7lbs 8oz
21 inches

We are so blessed and thankful for this little bundle!

(baby #2) 38 weeks and maternity leave

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hooray for maternity leave!  Wednesday was my last day of school and I was totally exhausted and stressed and needed a break.  I hoped I would have a few days to rest before he makes his arrival.  So far so good!  Although I was up at 4am and still can't sleep- at least im not as stressed about school!

The last few weeks I've felt like a 90 year old lady at night.  By the end of the day at school I would have to walk so slow and felt like I was dragging a leg behind me with a head between my legs.  ha!  I groan everytime I stand up.  And I swear I feel like I'm dilating, even though they say you can't tell.  Either that or he's just moving around super low.  I was so NOT like this with Carter...I guess I'm just worn down and stretched out!  I have had heartburn (at night especially) and up many times every night.

For the last few nights I've thought I could possibly go into labor so I downloaded a contraction app.  Although I'm hoping my water breaks like last time so I don't have to deal with timing contractions and not knowing when to go...

And for fun I decided to do a picmonkey collage of my bump pics... I still can't believe how skinny I was in the beginning...

celebrating baby #2

Sunday, November 2, 2014

 Yesterday my mom hosted a little sprinkle for me.  

It was just my closest friends and family for lunch and it was perfect!   

There were the prettiest flowers in pumpkins for the centerpiece and favors.  

And now baby boy has some super cute stuffed animals, outfits, and blankets!
I forgot how newborn diapers smell so good and powdery!
Restoration hardware towel and stuffed elephant- love!
It was the perfect celebration!  

(baby #2) 35 weeks

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Last week was Parent/Teacher conferences and it was a long, exhausting week.  One more thing to check off the list before baby!  About a month left of work- some days I think that is nearly impossible, but we'll see!

The latest- sleeping is still pretty bad... up a few times a night...and just getting out of bed is hard enough...I found myself thinking "how am I going to do this for 6 more weeks?!?"   I've had some heartburn and just overall exhaustion.  At my last appointment I gained 2 pounds (thanks to my mom who keeps providing dinners and desserts) and my doctor said to keep it up and gain 2 more for my next appointment.

On Sunday, after the crazy week of nights and days of conferences and then working non-stop at home on Saturday and Sunday morning I went to the grocery store and swear I was having contractions.  I cut that trip short and came home to lay on the couch and down lots of water.  Thankfully they went away.  I was envisioning having a baby that night...and I'm so not prepared for that!

This week Christian painted (and repainted) the nursery and put together his bookshelf (with Carter's help, of course!)  His nursery is starting to come together!  But we're waiting another week or so to change Carter's bed and move the glider and crib mattress to the nursery.  I washed a bunch of newborn clothes, blankets, and boppy covers etc and ordered a bunch of little sleep and plays.

Carter is loving his brother and hugs, kisses, and tells us what his brother is saying.  He's so excited to tackle him one day.  He also picked out an owl for his room.

(baby #2) 32 weeks

Friday, October 10, 2014

black shirt and black door- not the best for showing off the bump!

At last week's appt my doctor actually said I need to gain weight- what?!  I think the 2 weeks of single parenting stress (even though my mom made me dinner every night) were to blame!

I've been loving apples lately- at least 1 honeycrisp a day and since I'm trying to eat more I've been having a fugi with breakfast too!  Dessert is still a fav- Reese's footballs and cookies!

I've had a few middle of the night stomach problems in the last few weeks...like up for hours with an upset stomach.  And a few nights when I was just awake in the middle of the night- thinking.  And some heartburn, although I think that was worse with Carter.

I think we've decided on a name!  And Christian put together the crib.  I've gone through Carter's newborn clothes and even washed the ones that will work for a December baby.  I feel like with everything we've had going on I haven't been prepping for baby as much.  So this week I added a few things to a registry and pinned a few hats and things that I'd like for him too.  I'm hoping that Christian will paint his room next weekend.

Carter loves his brother and kisses and cuddles my stomach a lot.  He thinks "Ketchup" and "Abu" would be good names for him.  Then he cracks himself up into a fit of giggles.  

It's starting to become real that we're having a baby in just a few short weeks!

(baby #2) 30 weeks

Thursday, September 25, 2014

People have been commenting on how much baby (and my belly) have been growing in the last few days.  10 more weeks- that seems so soon!  It's time to order the crib and pick out paint colors, and dig out and clean off the baby stuff that's thrown everywhere!  

This week Carter picked out an elephant lovey that he will bring to the baby in the hospital and I used restraint to not order a bunch of other things from Restoration Hardware Baby.

I'm researching all kinds of trains and trying to figure out some big brother gifts for Carter too.

We've made it half way through Christian's trip to India, mostly thanks to my mom who's made me dinner every night and picked up Carter from daycare most days.  

No big pregnancy symptoms-just some heartburn and exhaustion.  For the last few weeks I can't get enough dessert- ice cream, cookies, peanut butter cups...whatever!

And lots of thoughts on baby names- we're having a tough time deciding and agreeing on the perfect name.  Who knew how easy it was the first time!

(baby #2) 28ish weeks

Saturday, September 20, 2014

pic taken last week (9/10)
Ever since closing on our house and starting school taking bump pics and keeping track of my pregnancy has been non-existent!  These last few weeks have been just about survival (as you can see from this pic taken at 6am before school).

Here's the latest bumpdate:

Last week was stressful between a few meetings, some challenging students and back to school night  and that just about took everything out of me.  The next few days I felt like I'd run a marathon- my legs were sore and my body ached.  It was a tough few days.

This week (29 weeks)  I felt a little better and the soreness went away but i'm still super exhausted.  I can definitely tell when I've done too much (like everyday for the last month).  I'm not good at sitting around and not getting things done although I'm really trying to do less.  I go to bed around 9:30ish and sleeping ok (up once to use the bathroom and sometimes have a hard time getting back to sleep).

This week I pulled out a bunch of maternity clothes from my last pregnancy and thankfully the weather is turning cooler so I have more options!

Baby boy moves like crazy and at my last dr appt she said his head is down and all was well!

(baby #2) 23 weeks

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The last few weeks:

Baby bump is growing, for sure...non-maternity shorts are all but retired.  I bought one pair of Old Navy maternity shorts and those are so much better.  I've been wearing some maternity tanks too.  These last few days have been so cool in the morning and feel like September.  It's amazing how much better I feel in jeans and loose tanks.  Regardless I will not wish away summer for one second.

I've had a few days with heartburn.  No cravings, but definite increased appetite.  I'm trying to make healthier choices.

I pulled out the Snoogle pillow for a few nights but after wrestling with it so much, it ended up thrown on the floor by the morning.  I now just put an extra pillow under my belly or supporting my back.

Best moments:  week-ends at the beach house with a super happy boy & hearing all was great at our ultrsound at my last dr. appt (heart rate 132)!

Oh Hey, Friday! (link up)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Since Five on Friday is taking a summer hiatus the girls at September Farm and The Farmer's Wife started this link up!  I'm happy to participate since I actually have time to blog now!

paint, rugs, curtains

A new house= a whole new world of decorating possibilities (on a budget- boo!)  Oh well- Ikea hacks it is (and luckily the Pottery Barn Outlet is 2 miles away!) I've been pinning like crazy lately!
Chevron Stripe Jute Rug
Pottery Barn rug
Paint color always scares me and the colors in the house are ok, for now.  I think we'll paint the boy's rooms and the kitchen/playroom in grays.  Painting the kitchen cabinets is high on my priority list too!

French country kitchen, cream cabinets, light blue walls and black island
And I'm working on a nursery.  So many projects!

baby boy plans - clothes and nursery

My first purchase for baby boy was on Saturday at the Nordstrom sale, of course!  His first set of Aden & Anais Bamboo swaddles.  I'm obsessed!  They arrived on Monday and I think they may be the inspiration for his nursery!  (Sold out online so I can't find a link.)

I also ordered this Barefoot dreams blanket for him!
Barefoot Dreams Chevron Blanket (Online Only)

I'm looking everywhere for a few outfits for him, but not finding much that will be good for his November/December birth.  It's nice knowing there's a huge bag of Carter's clothes upstairs waiting for him.  But I want to get him a few things just for him!

gloriosa mugs 

I think I posted about these mugs last summer and since I'm into all things for our new house these bad boys are headed straight for my Christmas list!

I've been such a good housewife lately! When you're home and your two-year old cooperates it's amazing how much you can cook (and bake!)  Here are some favorites lately...
Magic Bars — butterscotch , chocolate , dessert , easy , fast — For Two, Please

Hash Brown Quiche
hashbrown quiche (I use all kinds of veggies instead of ham)

summer lovin
If you follow me on Instagram you  can see more summer pics so far!
I'm not sure Carter could love summer anymore than he is this year.  He is so happy all of the time!  He wakes up happy every morning.  We are having so much fun and he is being so good too!  It's so nice not rushing to get him to daycare every day and hearing him scream "no school!"  I think 2 days a week at daycare is perfect because he actually seems to enjoy going (at 8:30am instead of 7:15.)  One day he actually asked to go to school.  CRAZY!

This kid is OBSESSED with the beach house and going to the rides at the beach.  Ever since we went to the rides on the 4th of July weekend, every time he goes to sleep, whether a nap or at nighttime he asks about going to the rides when he wakes up.  It's so sweet.

More about our summer in an upcoming post! 

(baby #2) 20 weeks

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Half way there!  Except I really think I'm closer to 21 weeks- at our ultrasound last week the baby was measuring between 20 and 21 weeks.

Heartburn!  Ugh- started at 19 weeks, it's not unbearable yet, but I quickly remembered how terrible it is. Tums has handled it so far, but I just bought some Zantac so I'm ready!

My clothes are getting tight- not sure how much longer I can wear my shorts!  I started wearing a few maternity tanks- I like how you can tell I'm pregnant when I wear them, and not just chubby!

I pulled out the Snoogle pillow this week.  I'm waking up alot at night, but thankfully going back to sleep.

Best moment of the week:  Our ultrasound- seeing little boy moving around and being "very cooperative" for the ultrasound tech to get all of the measurements.  Let's hope that he'll continue to be very cooperative when he's born!

Baby #2 is a...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

We had our ultrasound this morning and the baby seemed to be measuring fine and doing well (waiting for the official report from my doctor.)  But we found out the gender!

We decided not to do a gender reveal party but instead I made a fun gender reveal cake using this tutorial from Once Upon a Pedestal.  I don't have a cake pop pan so I just made mini cupcakes and then followed the rest of her directions.  Instead of going with the usual pink or blue I was inspired by the "Hooray" Oh Joy cake topper (no longer online)  that I got at Target months ago and went with coral and green for the reveal.
Here's how we told the news to our families via text:
I sent them this pic asking "Is baby #2 a girl (coral) or a boy (green)?

It's a...

Christian is ecstatic!  He was pushing for boy the whole time.  I really didn't feel strongly one way or the other (unlike last time!)  I've had my girl's name picked out for years...that's the part that makes me a little sad.  But I'm looking on the bright side:

1. We will be saving so much money- on toys and clothes (although I'll still look longingly at the girl's side of Janie and Jack!)
2. I won't have to deal with girl drama and mean girls (I deal with enough of that at school!)

3. I think Carter will love having a little brother to play with!

So it's official, I'm meant to be a mom of boys
(& I'm not even wiping away tears!)

(baby #2) 18 Weeks

Saturday, July 5, 2014

pic taken on 4th of July- almost 19 weeks
The highlights- haven't weighed in lately, but definitely gaining weight like crazy!   boobs are still growing daily- it seems!  a little baby belly is visible all the time now.  I'm somewhere between wearing a bikini and a tankini- opted for the bikini in vegas, but thinking Tankini for the beach.  No cravings, but baking a lot with my free time!  The Dr suggested laying low for the next 4 weeks due to a little complication from my healing from Carter's birth- I've been trying to not over do it for the last 2 weeks too.

Big moments in the last few weeks: putting an offer on a house, Christian got new job!

Looking forward to the ultrasound next week- boy or girl?!!?  What will it be?! 

Thursday Thoughts...What's Going on Now and Things I'm Loving

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Just a little about what's going on and things I'm loving now!
mmm..Carter's first ever popsicle- he wasn't too sure at first but grew to love it!

Mortgages and inspections and contracts, oh my!
We're in the midst of buying a new house!  It's been a whirlwind of a few weeks.  On my first few days of summer vacay I was organizing and cleaning out closets and just feeling like how are we going to make our townhouse work (aka where are all of my off season clothes going to go?!) when our guest bedroom turns into a nursery?! So a few days later we started casually looking at houses and 4 days later we were putting in an offer!  It wasn't a house where we thought we wanted to be, but we walked in and it was just meant to be!

Luckily it's totally move-in ready since we'll be settling on it in mid August right when school is starting.   So cue the yard sale and moving trucks- I'll be busy packing this summer!

Baby #2 is a...
We'll find out next week!!!


St. Tropez Tanning Mousse and Applicator Mitt

My friend Jessica recommended this and said the applicator mitt was a must and was she ever right!  I love this product and the mitt is awesome- no more splotchy hands.  My advice- buy 2 mitts.  That way while one is drying you can use the other one for a day 2 application.  Unfortunately my Sephora has been out of the mitts for the last 3 times I went in to buy another :(

Nars Tinted Moisturizer

My favorite Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer which I have loved for years and years somehow started making me break out this year (that or pregnancy hormones- who knows!)  So I switched to Nars and I love it!  It's smooth, light, yet gives a good amount of coverage and SPF 30 and has a nice light citrus-y smell!

baking baking & more baking
Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake (brownie mix, chocolate frosting, ice cream, heavy whipping cream, and sugar)
click here for the recipe
Carter is my #1 baking assistant and he is always ready to whip up a yummy dessert (even though a few ingredients hit the counter or floor instead of the mixing bowl!)  This week we made another batch of monster cookies, chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie dough bars (which didn't turn out so well) and a yummy brownie ice cream dessert for my dinner club.  

We are getting our red, white, and blue ready for the 4th of July weekend!  Looking forward to the long weekend at the beach and picnics with family and friends!