Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pieces of Life Lately.

All of my events and busy weekends have come to an end. Well, for a bit anyways. My little sister got married last weekend and that concluded an extremely busy month. I made it through without going in to labor, which was my goal, and now I'm officially ready anytime to welcome this little babe anytime. We are staying low key this long holiday weekend. Just having a cookout at home and relaxing. Here are some photos from our lives lately....A road trip or two for Mother's Day and the wedding, even some flea market adventures. I will post more wedding photos later on this week. It was a gorgeous wedding and I'm so happy for my baby sister getting hitched!! Congrats and love you, Kalin & Peter!! 

Road Trip back to our roots. 
Necessary: Hello Kitty Luggage.
Watching the cook.
Mother's Day brunch.
This is pretty much self explanatory. Ice cream is ALWAYS a good idea.
Flea Market Hunting.
She found some treasures.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

37 Weeks & Counting.

It's really baffling to look down at my Countdown and see that I don't even have a month left before I meet this baby boy who's been doing karate moves in my belly for the last two months. I thought that the last month of pregnancy, at least, would slow down for me. That didn't happen. Maybe because life is so busy. We just returned from Massachusetts last weekend from a little trip to visit family for Mother's Day. The weekend before that was Scarlett's Birthday Party. And now, we are actually away again this weekend for a road trip to celebrate my little sister's wedding. Doctor wasn't too keen on me traveling but I assured her that it was only a state away and we'd only be gone 3 days. I haven't stopped much to sit down and take in the fact that it really could be any time now. And I'm kind of behind since I still have yet to complete my hospital bag. I know....tick tock.

I'm scrambling to purchase everything that I will need to bring home this babe. Funny how the second time around is so much different. I'll share my hospital bag must-haves this week, hopefully. 

I've been having these sharp pains lately that I'm sure are the baby's head pressing on something inside me. What I'm not sure. But they stop me in my tracks and I can tell this baby is getting lower. Waking up every hour to pee is a reality in my life right now. Go figure that Scarlett has been sleeping amazing and not even getting up to go potty at all. Meanwhile, Ty sleeps soundly next to me and I'm up watching reruns of the Golden Girls or How It's Made at 3 am....
I guess it's my body's way of telling me that soon he'll be here. Eeeeek!! Excited and nervous all over again! I thought that this second time around I would be less nervous since I know what the process will be like somewhat. But I'm just as nervous as I was the first time around. I'm trying to keep those fears at bay by remembering how blessed I am and that God's in control.

This week, I have some exciting upcoming posts including a giveaway you won't want to miss! I'm sharing some fun things that you should definitely stop back and visit for!! Until then, have a great weekend! xoxo

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Scarlett's 4th Birthday.

 Scarlett turned 4 on Monday. I'm not sure how that is even possible. I feel like she was just born not long ago. We celebrated on Sunday with a Horse-Themed party. Scarlett is a horse lover and has been from a young age. The horse obsession hasn't died down since she started loving them. I thought it would be special to throw her a Horsie Party. Her first birthday was a Vintage Carnival (here), her second birthday was a low-key Whimsical Party (here) and her third birthday was a Frozen Bouncy House Party (here).

I found a company that brings Ponies and other barnyard animals to your home. It was really reasonable and it seemed like the perfect idea. I wouldn't have to do much entertaining. Of course the kids were enamored by the ponies and animal demonstration. It turned out to be beautiful weather and everyone, including Scarlett had a great time. I love hosting parties. So the decor and details were nothing but fun for me to do. I put some details on where I got some of the things throughout this post. The cake was from Walmart Bakery and really inexpensive. I just added a toy horse to the top and it turned out pretty cute. All the chalk boards and chalk board signs were from AC Moore or HomeGoods. Most of them I already had. It was relatively easy for me to throw it together. I guess things you love to do come easy. Scarlett said to me today, "Mama, I'm sad that my Horsie Party is over." I'm pretty sure that means she had a blast!
Happy Birthday my little babe! 
Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange 
Horse Balloon: Amazon

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

35 Weeks.

And just like that, I'm 35 weeks. As I suspected, the last couple weeks were a blur. Last weekend, I hosted my little sister's Bachelorette party which was loads of fun and I'm so happy that I had enough energy to enjoy it all. I was worried about that leading up to the date. Now I'm preparing for my Scarlett to turn 4 this weekend. I just can't believe that my little baby will be 4 years old!! I think as you get older, time starts to go by faster and faster. It's bitter for me. No sweetness about it, just plain old bitter. I want to freeze all these little moments up in bottles and capture the way I feel and how life is right now. Store them away so that I can always go back and feel them all over again. I'm enjoying this part of my life so much. 

With Scarlett turning four this weekend, we are celebrating with a Horse-Themed Party. She's very excited to have her friends over for a cookout and some Pony fun. I'm trying to get our home cleaned up once again for guests. If you can't tell by now, I do enjoy hosting a party or two....
At 35 weeks, I'm feeling pretty good still. I'm surprised with the energy that I still have and even though I have moments when I could close my eyes and fall asleep standing up, I have no complaints.  I have had no Braxton Hicks this time. Which is weird since I had them every. single. day. when I was pregnant with Scarlett. I'm starting to look exactly like I did with Scarlett. A basketball. Getting closer to the end, I feel like I'm carrying him very similar now. And he's started to drop a bit which is helping with the whole breathing thing. He used to kick my sides with his little feet. I think baby boy is getting prepared because now his little feet are kicking my ribs. He has moved head down. All these things excite me and make me nervous at the same time. I'm excited to be a family of four but I also want to make sure everything is done before he comes!

I am starting to gather things for my hospital bag. Ty and I haven't even been to the hospital where we are having this baby so we want to go tour the hospital soon. It's kind of nerve racking not knowing what to expect all over again. When I packed a hospital bag for Scarlett, I packed what I thought I would need and I was so completely wrong with many of my picks. I guess the older and more experienced you are, the wiser you become. This time, I've got a list that I know will be useful. I will post my list of Hospital Bag must-haves soon.

Ty has been amazing at helping me with Scarlett lately. He was great watching her for the entire weekend while I tended to the Bachelorette Party stuff. He took Scarlett for a picnic and to the park, they watched movies together and spent a lot of much needed quality time together. I'm sure it was nice for Ty to actually have an entire weekend off, too. That hasn't happened in awhile. He also helps me get her in and out of our tub since I have trouble lifting her in certain ways now. He also gets up in the night when she has to go potty. Letting me sleep right now is the most amazing gift he could give me since I know that in just a few short weeks, I will be sleep-deprived once again. It's funny, I forgot what it really felt like to have contractions, I forgot what it was like to begin that difficult nursing process, I forgot any pain throughout it all, but I have never forgotten how incredibly exhausted I was for months straight. I prepare myself for this as I get closer to the due date.

Anyhow, I keep moving along in the journey of making baby boy. Trying to enjoy each and every moment knowing that this may very well be the last time I get to experience this phenomenon of creating a life. Cheers to 35 weeks!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Scarlett Says.

My little Scarlett. I can barely believe that in less than a month, she will be turning 4!! It hardly seems possible. Watching this little girl grow and become aware of the world has been one of the best experiences of my life. Watching her go from a baby to a toddler and now turn into a little girl. Not just a little girl, but a girl filled with love. A little girl who kisses my belly every morning and night to make sure her little brother feels loved. A girl who asks for a hug every time she gets upset after I scold or discipline her. A little girl who ALWAYS replies 'I love you too, Mama'.

I'm so proud of the little person that she is becoming. Mostly because I am human and struggle to be a good example for her, often times failing. But I do the best I can and watching Scarlett be kind, generous, loving and thoughtful is the best reward that a mother can get. I really enjoy notating these funny and cute things that she says periodically. I know I won't always remember them and I am hopeful that this blog will help to keep these memories for me.

"Mommy I love when your tummy is so big!"

At the grocery store after seeing a man walk by with a squash in his cart.
Scarlett: "Look Mama, look!!"
Me: "Yes Scarlett, he has a squash."
Scarlett: "But why didn't he buy the organic kind? He should buy the organic one." 
(Is she my child or what? Ha ha)

Me: Scarlett, I do a lot for you. I pick you up from school, I feed you a snack, I pick up the groceries, I put them away, I put all the dishes in the dishwasher, I make you dinner, I help you clean your room and do your laundry, I give you a bath and make sure you have clean ears and short nails, I read you stories. Don't you think that's a lot of stuff?"
Scarlett: Yes.
Me: And what does Daddy do?
Scarlett: Um…he lays down….

Scarlett: How old are you?
Me: 30.
Scarlett: I want to be 30 really bad, Mama!

In the car driving, after Scarlett sang "You Are My Sunshine", I asked her to sing it to me again. She says, "I can sing it a lot of times to you because I have A LOTTA sunshine in my mouth."

"Mama, what's this?" (Pointing to my mole)
"It's my beauty mark."
"What's that?"
"It means that I'm beautiful."
"I have one right here, Mama."
"Well that's because you are beautiful!"
"Yup, I AM."

Sunday, April 12, 2015

32 weeks.

I always seem to get these posts up a little late. I guess that is to be expected for a preggers mom of a three year old who works full time....I get a little slack, right? Haha.

Anyhow, it's just crazy how the days keep on rolling by! I'm feeling a little unprepared. I mean, Baby Boy's room is just about done, (and I should have some photos up of that soon) but I don't have nearly enough things for him. I haven't even bought diapers yet. Everyone seems to ask how I'm feeling. I guess that is just what people ask when you are carrying around a child the size of a Well, I've been feeling pretty good. I still have energy and that is the most important thing to me right now since I have such a busy few weeks ahead of me. I'm praying for the energy to hold up for a bit longer! But what I don't say when people ask politely how I'm feeling, is that even though I'm feeling "pretty good" lately, that is really just the polite and quick answer. Because if I had to sum it up, that is how I feel. Again, there is a whole lot more going on over here than I share with the everyday asker. Like I have some serious Restless Leg going on. The same thing happened when I was pregnant with Scarlett. Third trimester was a rough one for the Restless Leg Syndrome with her as well. Fortunately I only get it at one point in the day. Unfortunately, it's when I lay down to go to sleep. I'm not sure what is worse, that or the nausea in the first trimester. I NEED MY SLEEP! However, I am lucky enough to have discovered that a warm bath does the trick and so it's become my evening ritual to take a warm bath every night while I crunch on a cup of crushed ice. Why would I be chomping on ice you ask? Well, that is from my low iron, or so I'm guessing. Craved it with my first pregnancy and seems to be the same this time around. Working out is getting pretty hard to do as well. Thank God for Tracy Anderson because I'm not sure I would still be working out if I didn't like her Pregnancy Project so much! I find myself modifying things since my belly seems to be a bit bigger than hers but I am still doing it.

This week at the doctors, I lost a pound from last week. I've gained a total of 27 lbs. I'm assuming the weight loss has to do with my loss of appetite. The second trimester was the trimester of "Give me more food, I'm still hungry!" I couldn't get enough food! Over the last couple weeks, that feeling has dissipated and I'm finding myself full after half a sandwich. The doctor wasn't concerned with my pound loss. It made sense with my appetite calming down. With Scarlett I gained a total of 28 lbs but I'm up 28 lbs about now and I still have a several weeks to go...I have a feeling this baby is going to be bigger than his sister.

Some days, I just feel....blah. Days that I don't really feel well but just can't pinpoint what is bothering me. On those days, I rest. A lot. Or as much as a toddler and a full time job allow. One of the those days was Saturday. But all that rest on Saturday did me some good because Sunday I woke up feeling chipper and made pancakes for Scarlett and breakfast in bed for Ty. We spent the majority of the day outside riding bikes and setting up patio furniture. We even went to the greenhouse to order some plants and take a peak at the growing flowers. I've been living in my Mox. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I am a huge fan of these shoes. Especially with this pregnancy. My feet feel a little swollen (like they weren't wide enough already) and I'm all about the comfort right now. These shoes mold to my feet and make walking a little more comfortable.

So today was an absolutely gorgeous day here in New York and it just puts you in one of those great moods. We stayed outside most of the day and I am looking forward to more beautiful days outside with not only my favorite two, but the new addition to our crew....
Have a great week everyone!

Mox Shoes & Saltwaters.

Mox Shoes is giving away a pair of Mox to one of you. Just go to my Instagram and check out the photo above for details. You can also check out there very cool shoes here. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter 2015.

The past few holidays have been different in the fact that usually we spend holidays together with family. This has been tricky to do over the last couple of years because our family is all in Massachusetts. This year we did get to spend time with Ty's family and my older sister's family...but it's still different in many ways.

Our morning started with me pushing snooze so many times that finally I realized I had 15 minutes to make sure that the Easter Bunny had done all his work!! Scarlett woke up at her usual 8:45 am time. Unless I wake her up for daycare, she will sleep until about 9 am. As you can imagine I love this quality in her.....Once she got up, she laid in bed with Daddy for a few minutes before telling him that she wanted to see if the Easter Bunny had come. We had a small breakfast and then Scarlett realized that the Easter Bunny had left her a note directing her where her first egg to her scavenger hunt was. This was the first year that we did an actual scavenger hunt. It took her about 2 eggs to realize how it worked but then she was enamored by the process and couldn't find them fast enough. Her final surprise was in the garage, a brand new big girl bicycle! Oh how she's asked for this. And the snow has finally melted in time for her to be able to use it. We let her ride it a couple times before we headed out to Easter Brunch in the city. We met my sister and her family, along with Ty's family. Brunch was delicious and we came home stuffed to the brim. Luckily Scarlett wanted to ride the bike for a good couple of hours so we bundled up and stayed outside with her; walked off the brunch. At first, she had a little trouble with the bigger pedals but like my little Scarlett, within minutes she was flying up and down the drive way. It's amazing to see her grow into such a girl. Ty did a little garage cleaning and then we came in to dye Easter Eggs.  The rest of our Sunday was pretty much lazy. Which I could use. I've got a lot of upcoming events that I am going to need every bit of energy for! I've begun plans for Scarlett's 4th Birthday Party. I tell myself every year that I'm not going to have a "small party" but I'm beginning to think I"m not sure what that is. Or maybe I just love the whole process of party planning. Either way, I think she is going to love her birthday theme this year.

More on that later...

What did everyone do for Easter this year? I love hearing what everyone did with their families on holidays.