Baby Number Two @ 5 months

Size of Baby: 7 inches and about 1 pound

How I’m Feeling: Most days I am still feeling good. I have been having a lot of stretching pain (that I didn’t have with Avery) and A LOT of back pain. It doesn’t take much for my back to start hurting so I’ve been trying really hard to take it easy and not do too much in one day- which is hard to do when you’re in nesting mode!!

Cravings/Appetite: I have been eating like every meal is my last! I went to the doctor last week and had gained 8 pounds this past month! (😳😱) I don’t think I ever gained that much in one month with Avery. Maybe it had something to do with eating 2/3 of Kyles chocolate birthday cake all by myself! 😬

However I’m still pretty close to where I was weight wise at this point with Avery and I’m measuring right on track so I guess it’s fine. I’ve honestly been a little stressed because I feel like my belly is so much larger at this point than it was with Avery but everyone keeps telling me that’s normal with your second so who know! At least I know the baby is growing!!

Clothes: I’ve reached the point where most of my jeans are making me a little uncomfortable- I’m thankful it’s summer because honestly just any denim at all right now is so uncomfortable to me! I want to be in shorts and dresses- which is not my norm! I bought a few pair of elastic waist shorts this weekend because most of my shorts were button ups! A few weeks ago I bought several shirts from Loft and Target that were just a size larger than my normal size and those have worked great and are still fitting. It’s hard to find cute maternity tops so I’ve just been sizing up in regular clothes. Most of my dresses are pretty forgiving and stretch anyways so all of those are still working fine!

Movement: I’ve been feeling baby move since week 17ish- Kyle has even felt a few kicks which has been fun! I can feel her the most in the evenings and when I get up to use the bathroom at night. So far she seems to be a night owl and we need to work on getting that fixed ASAP!

Changes in Me: My belly feels HUGE! I am larger than I was at this point with Avery- not by a lot- but some! I’ve already started getting some small stretch marks- but I think they were there from Avery and I’m just noticing them more now as my belly stretches out! I feel like my hair is in that great pregnancy stage where it’s super soft and shiny all the time which has been super great! Ha! Other than wanting to eat all the time- not many changes have been happening.

Baby Purchases: Well we finally found out that baby number two is a GIRL!! So as soon as we found that out we went and got a few things for her. Kyle and I ran into the Toggery right after our ultrasound and bought a Kickee Pants swaddle and a Jellycat lovie- all in a pretty lavendar color. I’m planning to make her color (nursery wise) lavendar since everything with Avery was pink. I realized the longer we were in our ultrasound that I was hoping this baby was a girl. My first desire was for healthy obviously but when she told us it was a girl- I started crying! I was just so excited and happy for Avery and what having a sister means for her. She’ll have a lifelong friend and someone to share so many sweet memories with. Avery has said from the beginning that we were having a girl so she must have known something we didn’t!! Ha! Kyle’s mom also bought some sweet new pajamas and bibs for her so she already has some new and soft outfits waiting!

Looking Forward To: I am ready to get her nursery started! We are having to move Kyles office upstairs and I can physically only do so much each day so I’ve given Kyle a deadline on having the room cleared out so we can start putting baby stuff in! I have a pretty clear idea of how I want to decorate it so I’m ready to get going. I’m also ready to get her changing table repainted and ready so I can start washing all the sweet newborn clothes and blankets, etc and get those ready! I’ve already moved some things into her closet from Avery’s closet (keepsake outfits from holidays, etc) and it makes me happy seeing sweet baby things in there!


Baby Number Two @ 3 Months

Size of Baby: 3-4 inches long- the size of a beet.

How I’m Feeling: I’m feeling great!! A lot has happened this month. Last month I left off with having an abdominal ultrasound scheduled. I went to the ultrasound and it was confirmed I had an 11cm cyst (about the size of a small grapefruit) on my left ovary. My doctor called me a few days later and said that surgery was needed as soon as possible to stop the cyst from continuing to grow. I had surgery a few days later which was quite the whirlwind! They were able to perform the surgery laparoscopically which relieved so much stress and concern regarding surgery and recovery. The surgery took a bit longer than expected due to the size of the cyst. I was home within a few hours and after a couple days of rest I was feeling SO much better! Since surgery ALL of my symptoms have gone away and I have felt about 100x better! I literally forget I’m pregnant some days because I have been feeling so well- not a bad problem to have! I’m super thankful that the baby did great through the surgery and all seems to be progressing well. Other than some back pain from lifting Avery – everything feels normal!

Cravings/Appetite: My appetite has leveled back out and is pretty much back to normal. I haven’t really had many cravings except for wanting cereal for every meal! I’m finally able to drink soda, coffee and tea without getting nauseous – which may not be such a great thing. Ha!

Clothes: After my surgery I woke up looking as if I had lost 15 pounds- so more things fit now than they did a month ago. I have broken out my maternity athletic pants from GAP but that is mainly because they’re so comfy- not really because I needed them.

Movement: Its still too soon to feel any movements yet.

Changes in Me: As I mentioned before-I have a smaller belly now than I did a month ago with my cyst. I still don’t feel like I’ve gained any weight and I do have a little bump at night time or after I eat a big meal but not many changes! My chest and back have been so broken out the last several weeks but it’s finally clearing up!

Baby Purchases: I bought our stroller! I knew I wanted a City Select stroller but was putting off buying it because it was such an expensive purchase. Thankfully a few weeks ago someone posted on a local Facebook page the exact stroller I was wanting – in perfect new condition. The lady who posted it had several strollers and was trying to get rid of her larger ones since her older daughter refused to ride in one anymore. She even had the car seat adapter for the infant car seat we have. It was perfect! So I’m thankful to mark that off my list! I also decided to use a changing table we actually have from when Landon was a baby! We still have it in his bedroom as a small dresser and since the space in the nursery that I need a changing table to fit is small, I was having a hard time finding a dresser small enough to fit. In reality I need a chest of drawers but then I wouldn’t have a place for changing the baby. So my plan is to have the small changing dresser we have from Landon repainted and I’m going to change out the hardware as well. After a year or so (which is when I stopped using the changing table with Avery) I’ll buy a chest of drawers to go in that space to have more storage.

Favorite Moment This Month: Kyle and I took an early “baby moon” to Southern California early this month and it was heavenly!! We started the trip in San Diego and then spent 3 days in Laguna Beach/Dana Point which has quickly become one of my favorite vacation spots! I’ve already told Kyle that we should take Avery and the baby back next spring or with Landon in the summer. It was so relaxing and beautiful there! We spent the vacation eating and sleeping in and (for me) taking lots of naps! It was perfect!

Looking Forward To: I have a doctors apt Wednesday that is just a regular checkup and we will schedule the anatomy/gender ultrasound for next month! I’m ready to find out if this little baby is a boy or a girl!

Baby Number Two @ 2 Months

So here we are! As of March 3rd I am already two months into this pregnancy…which means I’m almost to the end of my first trimester. Woohoo! This pregnancy has already been so different than my pregnancy with Avery – on SO many levels.
Back in August Kyle and I had decided we were ready to start trying for our second baby but realized quickly it wasn’t going as quickly or as easily as it had with Avery. So after a few months of doctor appointments and some different medicines- I wasn’t surprised when I took a negative pregnancy test in January. We went on with the waiting game but a few weeks later I still wasn’t feeling great and when I took another pregnancy test- it came back positive! Kyle was out of town for work so I told Avery first and had her practice saying, ‘Mommy has a baby in her belly!’ with plans to surprise Kyle when he got home a few days later. Thankfully she kept the surprise a secret until Kyle made it home! I can not say the same for her keeping quiet at school the following week! Ha!
Our due date is October 3rd which just has such a nice ring to it…. however if this baby is anything like its sister it will hang out for a few days longer and honestly I wouldn’t mind one bit!
Size of Baby: 1 inch long- or the size of an olive.

How I’m Feeling: I am feeling ok. I don’t feel great everyday but I also don’t feel terrible everyday. I have been exceptionally tired and there have been MANY days in the last two weeks that I have barely made it out of bed. Im so thankful that Avery is so easy going and is happy laying in her pajamas with momma all day. I have felt somewhat nauseous off and on but its been pretty mild and I haven’t had any morning sickness. I didn’t have any with Avery either so I’m VERY thankful for that.

Cravings/Appetite: EVERYTHING. I never really had cravings with Avery but I have had a lot with this pregnancy. I have been craving cereal, pickles or anything sour and full of vinegar, Mexican food, Chinese food ( A lot!), and I have ate my weight in oranges/cuties. I have had a very big appetite and I was SHOCKED when I weighed myself at our first ultrasound last Wednesday and I hadn’t gained any weight. I thought surely I had already gained 5 pounds with as mush as I had been eating.

Clothes: Everything still fits normally but my pants have started getting a little tighter. I have already bought a few things from GAP Maternity to prepare for this summer.

Movement: Its still too soon to feel any movements yet.

Changes in Me: At our ultrasound this last week my doctor discovered that I have a pretty large cyst which (unknowingly) has been causing me a lot of the discomfort I’ve been dealing with. I noticed quickly that my stomach seemed to be so much bigger this pregnancy and I just thought- wow, women weren’t kidding when they said you show quicker with your second baby. The picture we took in California (pictured at the top of this post) was when I was barely 7 weeks and I look about 17 weeks along! So when my doctor laid me down for my ultrasound and commented on my stomach I thought- man, I’m going to be HUGE by the time this baby gets here! She quickly realized that stomach bulge wasn’t from the baby- it was from the cyst! While this wasn’t the news I was expecting or hoping for she did show me that our baby was healthy and had a strong heartbeat. She also assured me that the baby was safe and wasn’t in any danger from the cyst- it would affect my comfort more than anything. So I am scheduled to have an abdominal ultrasound in the next week to check to see if the cyst is in fact connected to my ovary and to get some precise measurements on it. Best case- the cyst will shrink or hopefully even disappear. Worst case- the cyst stays or grows putting me at risk for a twisted ovary which would need emergency surgery. The hope is that if the cyst doesn’t go away, that we can make it to the second trimester and then I would have it removed. While this all sounds super terrifying to me- apparently its pretty common and even in the worst case of surgery- she assured me that many women have surgery while pregnant and that it is done safely. I trust my doctor completely and there has been some fervent prayer this past week!

Baby Purchases: No baby purchases yet! We are planning to use the same crib and our rocker from Avery’s nursery so I don’t feel overwhelmed with the things we need to purchase. I know our big purchases will be a new dual monitor and a double stroller. We will also buy a changing table for the nursery but I don’t plan to worry about that until we find out the gender in a few weeks!

Favorite Moment This Week: Having our first ultrasound and getting to see and briefly hear the baby heartbeat! I was overwhelmed with news of the cyst and feeling emotional at the time so it was nice seeing that strong heartbeat pop up! It was beating at 164bpm. It has also been fun sharing our news with all of our friends and family!

Looking Forward To:  Having our abdominal ultrasound and creating a plan with my doctor for monitoring the cyst. I like to be informed and to have a plan!

Not a blogger….

So it’s obvious from my years of trying to keep up a blog that the reality is- it’s just not going to happen. I just can’t ever find the time to do it and when I do have the time I’d rather be reading, sleeping, or catching up on reality tv. You know, the important stuff!

I do hate that I don’t have a consistent capsule of photos and memories written down here for Avery but I guess that’s what Instagram and baby books and Facebook are for…

Honestly I feel like blogs have become a dying entity… waves of new social media apps and programs launch every year and it’s become an easier way to stay connected and it infiltrates into daily life much easier. I used to follow dozens of blogs but now I literally have two that I check on a regular basis. Everything else is done through Instagram/Snapchat/etc.

All of that to say that we are heading into the holiday season and it’s my favorite time of year!! We had a wonderful and very simple Thanksgiving which was just what I was hoping for. We spent a great week with Landon and I always love how excited and happy Avery is when her bubba is in town. I spent the weekend finishing up Christmas shopping and decorating the house for Christmas.

Christmas season is just my absolute favorite- I love that Avery’s birthday is on Christmas Eve – it just adds a special feeling to it! I have been party prepping for a few weeks and am so excited to see how it all comes together. Avery has requested (about 1,000 times) that Ariel be at her party so my dad said he wanted to pay for a character visit as her birthday gift which will be so exciting for Avery.

I feel like this age has been my most favorite and the most challenging with Avery. I love the naivety and honesty that comes with this age and I love all their funny sayings and anecdotes. Avery makes me laugh so hard on a daily basis. She has such a wonderful and strong personality which is so fun to see but also can be quite exhausting! I try to soak up each day and not let all the “noise” get in the way because I know that I will blink and she’ll be in high school and my heart can barely handle that thought.

I pray daily that she will keep her stubbornness and independent personality. I pray she finds a strong voice within herself that determines her own future and successes in life. I can’t wait to see what she does in this world and I have a feeling it’ll be something big.

Here’s hoping everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving and that the holiday season will continue to be filled with love and memories to cherish!

Valentine’s Day ❤

I’ve never been one to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day but since having Avery it has become fun to make it special for her! I typically take Avery to school on Tuesdays and since I’m off work it’s my one day to run errands, clean, etc but today I decided to keep her home from school and spend the day together! 

It was a rainy and cold day here in central AR so it was the perfect day to stay home and cuddle. Avery slept in until 8:00 which meant momma got to sleep in until 8:00 too! Kyle and I brought her out into the living room where all her goodies were set up. I got her some cute Tsum Tsum containers, Troll and Pepa figurines and a cute Minnie Mouse tin filled with chocolate. She was so excited to see all of her goodies and decided the Minnie Mouse chocolate sounded better for breakfast than the donuts I made her! 

After watching Trolls for the umpteenth time we got ready and went to grab lunch with Kyle. We brought him a sweet card and some chocolate and grabbed Arkansas Burger Co. for a quick lunch. Afterwards Avery and I both came home and took long and amazing naps!! 

After our naps kyle came home and surprised us with flowers, balloons and cupcakes! Avery was mostly excited about the cupcakes and balloons! Ha! 

Kyle has a meeting in Nashville tomorrow so he planned to get on the road after dinner to drive half way tonight so we ordered pizza for dinner and spent some time with our favorite valentine. 

It was a pretty low key day and it was perfect! 

Friday Five 

1. Snow Day ❄️

To make this Friday even better than normal – today we had a snow day! There’s nothing like a snow day and it’s even more appreciated when it comes at the end of the first week back to school after break! Woohoo! 

We woke up to about an inch of snow today and very cold temperatures. 

We live in a culdesac and have a ton of kids in our little area. We also live at the top of a great sledding hill. This morning all the kids (and parents) were out sledding and enjoying the snow. There were kids and puppies running around everywhere and Avery had such a blast. 

2. Daily Walk

I mentioned yesterday that I started a virtual Bible study and my Bible arrived via Amazon today! I started my first devotional today and i love it already! The Daily Walk Bible is dated for each day of the year and it goes through the entire Bible in one year. It breaks it down day by day and includes references, devotions and meditations. It’s a New Living Translation so it reads like a book which makes it much easier to follow. I went through my first devotional twice today because I enjoyed it so much. I decided I would keep notes as I went since taking notes always helps me remember things better. 

3. Tree 

Our Christmas tree storage bag also arrived today via Amazon so our tree is officially coming down tonight. I’m trying to think of somethings to change up that corner of our living room because I didn’t love the way it looked before Christmas so I’m sure it’s going to feel extra empty now that our tree will be gone. 

4. Rash 

Avery has had a beyond terrible diaper rash this week. I don’t really understand what started the huge outbreak but by Wednesday night I was desperate! Someone suggested a baking soda bath and cortisone cream instead of diaper rash and it really seemed to make a huge difference!! We did a baking soda bath two nights in a row and a few hours of naked time last night and it looks like it is almost gone today! 

5. Cookies 

Last week while I was grocery shopping with Avery (something I rarely do these days) she picked out a box of Hello Kitty cookies. Every time she would go into the pantry she would point and say; kitty cookie! So we finally got around to making them this week. Avery loves helping me cook and it isn’t often I have something so kid friendly to make so I let her help me with the whole thing! She had a blast! The kit was super easy to make and Avery was able to help with almost all of it. So fun! 

Overall it was a great week over here and I’m ready for a lazy weekend!! 

Happy Friday folks! 

New Year Goals 

I’ve been meaning to post some goals for this year- mainly for my own documentation but it seems by the end of the day when I actually have time to post I either 1. have no battery life left (I’m living on 19% right now) or 2. I have no energy left. 

So we will make it quick:

1. Time for the Word. 

I’m a complete slacker when it comes to spending time reading my Bible. I have always been this way. Life is busy and hectic – is usually my excuse- and it is true that life is busy and hectic but I seem to have plenty of time to browse Instagram/Facebook/Snapchat/online shopping so in reality I do have time- I just have to make it a priority. I joined a virtual ‘Read the Bible in one year’ Bible group and get emailed every day a synopsis/conversation about the selected reading. I get my book/Bible in tomorrow and my goal is to give a half hour of Avery’s nap time and a half hour after Avery goes to bed. I also plan to start Bloom (a local women’s devotional group) back this Fall. 
2. Be more intentional.

Relationships and friendships are both hard and time consuming. They both require a lot of time and effort in order for them to grow and bloom. This year I am planning to be intentional in my actions and words. I hope to be better about calling, texting, listening, and devoting time to my relationships and friendships. I’ve got to pull away from some things that are both time (and emotionally) consuming and invest the energy somewhere it can grow. 

3. Speaking of growing….

I plan to learn more (and potentially start) a compost. I have a huge and wonderful backyard/storage area that would be a perfect place to start a compost. We discard and waste so much food/garbage that I feel like we need to decrease our footprint. I don’t plan to take up chanting or cutting out deodorant use but I think it would be environmentally wise to invest (or be intentional –this seems to be my word this year) in what I’m leaving behind. 

4. Budget Cuts 

I am going to make a very conscience effort to reduce my spending. We live within our means but I also have some major spending habits and honestly, most of what I’m buying is just stuff. I’d love to pay off some large chunks of my studen loans and I just bought a new car and would love to start paying extra on it. This will probably be my hardest goal this year!! Ha! Here’s hoping! 
Well I think that’s about it! Hopefully a year from now I can look back and be proud of what I accomplished over the year. 

Happy New Years!! 

Made it with 12% battery left. Score.