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.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pieces of Life Lately.

Today was 65 degrees. 
That alone made for an amazing day. Most of the photos below were taken over this past week. In fact, I don't think I took a single photo today. I worked and then picked up Scarlett in a hurry so we could get home and play outside for a bit. Now if this weather could just stay. We are more than ready for it. I know some of you are probably chuckling as you read that. After this winter, 65 degrees is like a vacation. I, for one, am really wanting some dress weather. Pants just don't fit as comfortably as they used to and I think some flowy dresses would really be helpful lately. I'm going on 32 weeks here and I just can't believe it! I'm starting to get a little nervous but mostly because I don't have anything ready. I'm hoping to start putting a hospital bag together soon, too. Lately, we've mostly been trying to get outside as much as possible. I'm a broken record when I say that Ty has been working a lot is inevitably the truth.

This past weekend we spent our Sunday together as a family. We went to the bookstore where Scarlett picked out some books. Scarlett is really into books lately and that is quite alright with me. We grabbed some lunch & then came home to watch a movie together. Ty has been a good sport about getting out and doing things with us even though I'm sure he's exhausted from work and still not 100% from being sick last week. I'm surprised that I even have had the energy to want to go out and do things after working a 40 hour week, putting together 3 events, getting ready for a baby and taking care of a toddler. But energy has been my friend thus far and so...I am going with it.
Scarlett is getting really excited about the baby. She makes comments about my "Big Belly" and gets a kick out of watching him poke his feet out of my belly. It's really a totally different experience this time around. Something I'm enjoying experiencing with Scarlett. She's been super loving and cuddly lately. I love it. She is going to be an awesome big sister and I have not one worry that she will be jealous. I can picture her scooping him up and saying, "This is my baby". Even though life is busy (I tend to like it that way), it seems fulfilled and full of good things lately. Anytime that I get this feeling, I soak it up. These are the days I'll cherish. My mood today has been really upbeat and light. Heard this song on the way to work and it set the mood for a good day.
Bailey's Cafe. I'm a little enamored by the ceiling in this place.
Everyday. This one hugging her Baby B. 
 Bookstore scores. 
 Nothing I love more than seeing these two cuddled up next to me.
 Venturing out. 
We've had some rainy days. I've loved them. They have melted the snow.
 One last one of us because I'm just smitten with capturing her and this belly.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Last Weekend. A Tea Party.

Last weekend, we drove back to Massachusetts to celebrate my younger sister's Bridal Shower Tea Party. I didn't get to take as many photos as I would have liked, but I guess that is what happens when you are the party planner. I had made the sweetest little Tea Party favors, a personalized tea bag, a lemon and a tiny spoon tied up in a bag. Of course, did I think to take a photo of those? Fail on my part.

This was Scarlett's first shower type event. She was excited and helped me pick out her dress and hat to wear. And of course she helped pass out all of the presents to my sister. It turned out to be a fun little event and we were happy to spend the day with the bride to be. Planning this shower was a bit of challenge for me since it was being held in Massachusetts and I'm obviously living in New York but it turned out just lovely. If there is one thing I love doing, it's planning a party! I've got Scarlett's party coming up in just over a month and I'm looking forward to planning this as well.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

29 Weeks-ish.

Ok….so I'm a little late and almost 30 weeks but better late than never.
It's strange to think that in just 10 or so weeks I will have a little baby boy in my arms.  Every time I try to wrap my mind around this concept,  I can't. They say that mother's have instincts about their children. I believe this is true. With Scarlett, I could envision exactly what she would be like. Her ultrasounds were very telling of her face and personality. She sucked her thumb and posed perfectly for every shot. Her little face looked exactly like it did when she was born. She is much like that now. Photogenic and ready to smile for a moment captured in time. I didn't envision that she would have the darkest curls. I guess I seemed to envision her personality more than her looks.

With my baby boy seems very different. For every ultrasound, he covered his face with his arm or hands. His shy/laid-back manner reminds me of Ty. I envision him much like this when he is born. Again, I cannot envision what he will look like but his little personality seems to shine already.

Late one night this past week, I laid awake thinking. This happens a lot since sleep is scarce now days. Insomnia and restless leg has set in making it impossible to fall asleep. I laid there thinking about my life just 6 years ago. How different life was. How empty and unsettled my soul was. I thought about how I could still be in that place. How every little thing that happened back in that glorious year of 2009 perfectly happened at just the right time. I've written of it a handful of times. I've relived it in my daydreams more times than I can count. The magic of that summer ran through my veins like electricity. It was like something...or someone had breathed life to me and finally, I woke up. I wasn't afraid anymore. I was ready. (read more about that here.)

Back then, I needed something to save me in the worst way.  Ty reached down with strong arms and pulled me out of that darkness. He showed me what love truly was. Thinking back, I don't even know if I knew what love was until him. About a year later, we found out that we were having a baby. I was terrified in all sorts of ways. I didn't feel ready or prepared in any way. But God knew what I needed. This perfect little girl showed me a different kind of love. A stronger love. My heart began to fill through the last few years. Then, laying in the bed thinking about how far I have come in such a short amount of time, I thought about this new baby and how I feel like he will complete my heart. Fill it to the very brim.
I try to envision having a little boy to complete our crew of four and I have a hard time imagining it. Still, I know that this is the little piece that was missing. There is so much that I am looking forward to. One thing that I'm really excited for is vacations with our littles. Taking them to new places and watching them grow. When I was growing up, we didn't have a lot of money. In fact, most of the time we were down right poor. But the one thing that our parents always gave us was adventure. We went on plenty of vacations and took Sunday drives all over the place. Even if they weren't extravagant, it was family time. I want to make sure that we do this for our children, too. I feel like it's really important to spend time with them traveling to new places, showing them new things. There's so much excitement to look forward to.

And all of it coming so soon!! These are the days. These are the days of my life that I've longed for. These are the moments that I will look back on and wish with all of my heart to have back. The days I will miss….

I'm so grateful to have these days. right now.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Things Scarlett Says.

Right Now: 

Age: 3 (turning 4 in 2 months!)
Scarlett's Favorite App: Pepi Doctor
Scarlett's Favorite Food: Nature's Path Pop Tarts, Grapes, Cheese and mayo sandwiches (which she can make by herself), Cucumbers and Home-made Pizza.
Favorite Game: Playing Unicorns or with her Farm
Favorite Shoes: Elsa & Anna light up sneaks & Hunter Boots
New Favorite Activity: Painting, painting and painting some more!

Scarlett's been saying:

Me: Scarlett, do you want OJ?
Scarlett: NO, I don't want to drink too much orange juice or I might get a Tyrannosaurus.
Me: What?
Scarlett: You said too much orange juice will give me one.
Me: Do you mean a canker sore? (Laughing)
Scarlett: Yeah!

"Mama, you're the best Mama in the WHOLE world!" (love this one)

When she wants to use my iPhone to play apps, she negotiates by saying, "Mama, I have a good idea,  you can watch Roseanne while I play on your phone!"

"Oh Bother!" when she dropped her toothbrush.

After getting off the scale at the dentist office, "I'm getting bigger aren't I? That's because I'm gonna be four soon and because I eat lots of vegetables!"