Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maternity Style {Baby #3}

Let me just preface this post by saying that this pregnancy started out rough. Morning sickness started basically after conception and I literally packed on about 20 pounds. You would think after so much throwing up that it would have caused me to lose weight....but no. Bagels, toast, english muffins and sticky buns were about all I could handle for 16 weeks.

It was disgusting. So disgusting in fact that over the last 3 or so weeks that I've actually been able to eat pretty healthy, I've lost 6 pounds. {THANK GOD} I've started working out again on a semi-regular basis so I am hoping I don't end up the size of a blimp by the time August comes.

I went through all my maternity clothes with the girls and had to toss almost all of it. It was sad. Times sure have changed in 5 years style wise! So while I have been preferring buying normal clothes in XL sizes, I know I need a few staples to get me through the next 4.5 months. These are my absolute favorites and cannot wait to spend the warm weather in dresses and maxi skirts! Amen.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Harper Grace: Crib Climber

Quinn was well over 3 when we finally decided to take the front off of her crib and transition her to a toddler bed. Not long after that we decided the poor thing needed something bigger, so we upgraded her to a twin. She was amazing and super easy. We had a few phases of getting up too early, but those were easily fixed with one of those stop light alarm clocks that she still uses to this day. She is a dream child when it comes to transitions. The paci, potty, big girl bed have all been easy peasy with this child.

Then came Harper. 

I love this child. Let met just say that her sweet little face and hilarious personality makes it really, really difficult to ever be mad at her. Which is different than Quinn because hello? First child. {Sidenote: I can't even handle the thought of the third and rules!} Harper has a very good way of sneaking in a "I sowwy, Mommy. I sowwy. Love you more!" and then you just forget completely why you were even mad at her to begin with.

So a couple of weeks ago my biggest had to have a filling done (I will update on this a little later!) and because of the laughing gas and all that I told her we could take a nap together that afternoon. So I put Harper down like usual me and Quinn make our way to my bed for a much needed snooze. Harper would not go to sleep for some reason, but I usually just leave her in there for at least an hour even if she doesn't nap. So Quinn falls right to sleep, as do I..... and next thing you know I see my two year bust through my bedroom door saying "HI MOMMY! I DID IT!"

Awoken from my peaceful slumber I was utterly confused. I ran down the hallway thinking I was going to find something that would tell me how the hell she just managed to escape her room. Then I realized... "NO, NO, NO did she just climb out of her crib?!" She was as happy as happy could be, seemingly so proud of herself. I checked her over thinking she could have hurt herself, but she seemed totally fine.

So for the next week we wold watch this little turd wake up, throw her things out of her crib, climb right out and make herself comfortable in her room.

Exhibit A:

So it's been a few weeks since we've transitioned and I can say the 6:00 wake ups are getting less and less. We put a bed rail on, and a gate on her door, so she will just hang out by the gate until I am functional in the morning.

Good thing is I usually find this in the morning and it gives me a few more minutes so I can brush my teeth and splash some water on my face.

So while my hope of keeping this kid in a crib until she was 5 was ruined, I am glad she decided to do this before the baby comes and that would have been insanely torturous.

Keep on, Harper Grace. Keep on.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Current Loves // January & February

1// Maybelline Lash Sensational 2// Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam
3// Nivea Smooth Sensation Body Lotion 4// Reebok Women's CrossFit Nano 4.0
 5// Victoria's Secret Glossy Lip Sheen

Now that life has settled down a bit, I'm back with a Current Loves! This is probably not even half of things I've been loving lately, but they are the only ones I could think of while I was sitting down writing this. (See also: Useless Brain)

1// Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: GUYS. This mascara is amazing! I am forever on the hunt for a good mascara because I was cursed with short, un-curvy lashes. Basically the only uncurvy thing about me. So not fair. I am guessing this is similar to those 3D mascaras, but at the drugstore price. I will warn you, the first time I got in the shower and washed my face I literally jumped out of the shower because I thought I washed my eyelashes off. 

2// Redken GUTS 10: I am brand new to this, thanks to Amber (if you love looking at pictures of insanely adorable twin girls, do yourself a favor and get lost in her blog!) and I am in love. My thinning hair thanks to all the pregnancies needs all the help it can get!

3// Nivea Shea Body Lotion: I am a bit lotion obsessed and I've probably tried every single brand and type offered by Target, but I recently bought this on a whim and it's my new favorite! Feel nice and creamy, not sticky and smells good too!

4// Reebok Nanos: Anthony actually got me these for Christmas, but thanks to all the morning sickness and straight up laziness, I haven't gotten a chance to use these until recently. And I am obsessed. Comfy and not annoying to do some squats in. 

5// I recently made my first Victoria's Secret order in a long time. Like, my underwear from high school was still holding strong but I know I needed to replace most of them. No joke. So I knew I wasn't going to be upset spending some money on their underwear because they would probably last me until my 40th birthday. I bought a crap ton of underwear online (because let's face it, no one who is pregnant wants to enter that store) and I was a few bucks away from free shipping so I added this bad boy to my order and I am in love. It's subtle, creamy and doesn't leave a gross taste in your mouth. I am definitely going to grab a few more colors when I get a chance. Or when I pay someone to go in the store for me. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My Thoughts on Having Three Girls {!!!}

I am still on the moon about finding out we are having another little princess. It's almost still unreal at this point that A.) I am actually having another baby and B.) That it's a girl!

This pregnancy is flying by, like whoa. I thought my pregnancy with Harper was insanely fast, but this baby is putting time to shame. Although if the morning sickness ever wants to go away, that would be ok. 

So, since Harper was born we've heard everything under the rainbow about whether or not we would "try" for a boy. Then once I announced my pregnancy with baby #3, it's been all "I hope it's a boy!" Let me just say that I totally understand the excitement about wanting a boy because we have two girls, and it's just a natural reaction to have. I get it. I've done it!

My honest thoughts about having a third girl? The same as if it were a boy. We wanted a third baby, not a specific kind. We've always wanted three (or more!) children and I couldn't have cared less about what decided to come out. Am I bummed out about the thought of never having a son? Not really. To be honest, the track record of men in my family isn't exactly the gene pool I'd like to choose from when I think about my future children, but of course I would be excited if we ever get a chance to raise a son. I know Anthony would love the chance to raise a son and that of course makes me want to have one. But he also loves his girls something fierce. It's a kind of relationship I've only ever seen on television or in movies. And I get to witness it every single day. Especially with our girls. Because let's be honest, they are pretty amazing. 

My almost 60 year old father in law joked at our gender reveal that he and my mother in law have to have another baby now in order to carry on the family name (Anth is solely responsible for carrying it on) and while I thought that was seriously the most hysterical thing I've ever heard, it really got me thinking. I know carrying on a name is crazy important for a lot of men. I get it. But it doesn't make our girls any less related to our family. It almost implies that having girls is less important than having boys.

The way I see it, if you live a life worth remembering, then that should matter more than worrying about whether your future relatives will have the same last name as you. Live a life that your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren will be proud to carry on. Be kind to strangers, be motivated, be a good wife/husband/mother/child, etc. Make memories that will literally last a lifetime. My mom has some amazing stories of relatives that I love hearing about. Relatives generations older than me, but the stories just continue on. Those are the kinds of things I want to focus on, not what kind of children we have. All I know is that I want to be surrounded by as many children as we are responsibly able to have. I want a big, loving, loud, honest, crazy family. Filled with 100 girls, filled with 100 boys, doesn't matter.

Raising strong, opinionated, kind women is exactly what we need in this world if you ask me. Women who stand up for what's right, not what's easy. Having the chance to do that three times and maybe more makes me one happy mama. And having one hell of a man in the house sounds like a pretty awesome combo to me.

We are "immeasurably blessed" (did anyone get that?!) and I thank God every single day for these (almost) three blessings. But I will buy Anthony a boy dog in the very near future :)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

And Baby #3 is a.....

GIRL! Who's surprised!? I am literally over the moon. I know everyone and their mother thought this baby was a boy and I honestly had zero clue. I knew Harper was a girl from conception. No joke. This one, I just had not one ounce of intuition. I honestly wanted both. I know how badly Anthony wants to raise a son, but who wouldn't want another Quinn or Harper? I mean seriously, Full House was my ideal family growing up so I am just so excited that we get to use everything we already have. Including the 12 storage containers of baby clothes we've accumulated in the last 5 years! It didn't matter what this baby was. We knew it was healthy and growing and that is a blessing beyond words! At least now I've convinced Anthony that we have to try for a fourth :)

What a perfect way to roll in my 30's!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years

Today, I celebrate 30 years on this earth. And I am so very thankful for each and every year God has blessed me with. I am at one of the craziest phases in my life and I am trying to enjoy every second (as hard as it may be sometimes!) I still don't feel 30, whatever thats supposed to mean. I watched the Friends episode where they all turn 30 and it literally boggles my mind. Two (and a half) children later and I still don't feel like a "grown up". Forever Young is what I say! Here is a l its of 30 completely random thoughts I had on my 30 years so far. {Sorry this is s lengthy. I am old.)

1. Wrinkles will come out of nowhere. Like WHOA. Invest in some good face cream.
2. It will amaze you how much you really dislike all other children except your own. (And those close to you that love.) Thank you part time gym child care job for opening my eyes to how much I truly dislike children.
3. I would give anything to be in my high school basketball shape. I honestly don't know how I ever managed to play basketball for so many years and the last thing I ever remember saying is "I'm tired." I will take that stamina please.
4. Life is crazy and completely out of your control. There are people out there who want to fix everything and that is just not possible. I have honestly come to learn that you have to deal with the cards you are dealt, especially the shitty ones. But the shitty cards also make you realize just how incredibly blessed you are in other ways.

5. You honestly have zero clue how much you can love another person until you have babies of your own. Everyone says it, blah blah blah, but HOLY HELL. That kind of love is insane. No matter what the circumstances.
6. Your husband will be the rock you need when you least expect it. Even your robot husband who you constantly shame for having zero feelings will be the person that holds you up when you need it the most and the one person you rely on more than anything. And regardless of how many stupid fights you have, how many times you threaten divorce, or how many times you throw your wedding ring at him, you are sure as sure can be that there is no one on this earth that could put up with and love you better than he can.
7. On the same note, I cannot stress enough that family is who you make it. It's the people who have constantly been there for you through good times and bad, no matter what. The ones who are there for you the morning after your oldest is in the hospital and you have a one month old at home and who get together to make an Easter basket for your oldest baby who has to spend Easter in the hospital. (Seriously, you guys have zero clue how much that meant to us and I cry every time I think about how lucky we were to have you guys. And mama too, because that was one of the best showers she's ever taken thanks to you guys!)
8. People are meant to not be in your life for a reason. Family, friends, acquaintences, it doesn't matter. There comes a time in your life when you will realize that some people are toxic and have no benefit to your life whatsoever. And it's sad. And you will cry over it sometimes, and it sucks. But life isn't perfect, but you are in charge of your own life and you have zero responsibility to keep people in your life who only bring the negative. Truth. 
9. Your love for pizza only increases with age. (Just me?)
10. Having babies will forever change the way you look at your body. Oh, you hated those stretch marks in high school? Well let me just welcome you to a 40 pound pregnancy weight gain! You will start to care less about things like that and actually be more concerned with being healthy. Crazy, right? You can grow humans. That's insane.
11. You will gladly spend $25 on a pair of darling toddler boots. $20 for a shirt for yourself? You must be crazy.
12. Target will be one of the reasons you wake up in the morning. Because there is nothing that store doesn't have and it will become your sanctuary for quiet time when you escape your house in a mad dash for some sanity.

13. If you're lucky enough to have your mother around, you best be thankful for it. She will be your best friend and the person you rely on second to your husband. Ok, maybe first sometimes. And she will always drop whatever she is doing to help you. Appreciate that.
14. Laundry will become the reason you hate life.
15. High school will be some of the best days of your life. You will not realize this when you are actually in high school, but rather when you are older and have actual responsibilities. Remember all those "I can't wait to be grown up and pay for my own things?" Yeah, thats garbage.
16. That boyfriend you had in high school that you swore you were madly in love with? Yeah, thats adorable.
17. If you have daughters, recalling all the times you snuck out of the house, partied with college kids and did all those other unmentionable things will haunt you to your core. 
18. There will come a time in your life when you will be getting home from a night out at the same time you would be getting ready to go out back in your good old college days. And it will be glorious.
19. Spending an entire day in your bed is what your dreams will be made of.
20. Even though you are exhausted and can't remember the last time you slept in because hello? kids. You and your husband will cry every time you drive by an elementary school because how do they expect you drop off your precious little princess in a building full of strangers? And you will contemplate home schooling but then realize you are being ridiculous. But you still cry.

21. You will get more cleaning done the day you know someone is coming over then any other day ever. Because you obviously don't want your friends to see the way you actually live.
22. Getting to watch your favorite Disney movies with your kids is one of the craziest experiences ever. Remembering how insanely happy the Lion King made you and then watching your kid ask to watch it 9,945,695 times a day is legit mind blowing. And you will find every reason to sit your butt down and watch them all with them.
23. You will hate Play Doh for all the things you have to pick it out of. Especially kids fingernails.
24. Coffee/Wine will become the crack cocaine of your life. And if you're pregnant and coffee sounds like the last thing you want, you will cry many, many tears and pray for the day your morning sickness finally goes away and lets you enjoy that beautiful, beautiful beverage once again.
25. Yoga pants will become your everyday gear. And make you feel better because it looks like you workout, but you don't.

26. You will eat candy bars/chocolate/mini eggs in your closet or in the bathroom to avoid sharing them with your children. Or lie and say "No, honey, you can't have any. It's spicy."
27. You will swear up and down you will never get a minivan. And you will love the convenience of having one, but hate yourself everytime you get in and out of it.
28. You will regret the placement of that tattoo that now resides next to your c-section scar.
29. Reality television will be the exact mindless thing to watch to wind you down from the everyday struggle of keeping yourself and your children alive.
30. You will tell yourself that 40 is the new 30.

Here's to the next 30!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Harper's {Elmo} 2nd Birthday Party!

So, my little itty bitty baby infant decided to turn 2 last Friday. TWO. We had planned a small get together Saturday with just her besties and then it decided to snow 9 inches on Saturday. Thankfully everyone could make it on Sunday and she ended up having the best day ever. She was surrounded by her favorite people (except Aunt Colleen, Uncle Jason, Brenna & Brody!) She skipped a nap and partied her little tushie off until the last guests left. Then she had a meltdown of epic proportions but the good part she actually let me rock her to sleep and it was magical. The perfect way to end the day!

These two are hilarious: Double Trouble I call them. Harper Grace and Harper Drew. 

Sisters from other misters.

The grandmas and great grandma. 

She had this "cheese" face all day long. 

If you don't have Benny the Bull, do yourself a favor and get one. ENDLESS ENTERTAINMENT.

My twins. 

Sadly, this was the only picture we got of the 4 of us lol

Girlfriend killed the cake. 

Reagan LOVED Grandad. It's kind of adorable being that she hates all men. 

Then the dance party commenced. 

Party of 1. 

And this is how we found her right before bedtime. She was ready for bed!

I hope you had an amazing second birthday, baby girl. You are such a blessing to this family. You were meant to be ours always and I am so, so very lucky to call you mine. I love your delicious little face, feet and everything in between. We love you so much big girl. Happy Birthday!

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