Friday, April 17, 2015

One of those perfect nights.

You know one of those nights that you don't really plan, but everything kind of works out magically and everyone enjoys themselves, stuffs their faces and in bed by 8:00? Yeah....those are amazing. And with this amazing weather we have been having, I want to take advantage of every delicious second I have left with just these two. 

I called Anth on his way to work and begged him to pick up hamburger buns and everything smores because Harper woke up with a runny nose (AGAIN) and was clinging to me for dear life. 

Sidenote: Anth got the Big Green Egg and I have been obsessed with it ever since. I have only recently heard of it, but omg. The taste this sucker gives all your food is amazing and my pregnancy cravings all consist of everything on that grill. 

So after downing some delicious burgers and fries we decided to let the girls go at the smores! Also, please excuse the mess of our deck. We have been painting all of those railings for the last couple of weeks and then we get to finally stain it so it's looking a little crazy. Hallelujah though, we are almost done!

"Mommy, I eat chocolate?"

I had bathed the girls while Anth was on his way home to get that out of the way and we patiently waited for daddy. These two are insanely adorable together. I can't even handle the way she looks at him. I mean, I get it. He's kind of a dream boat.

Quinn was obviously too busy with her smore.

And this is what happens when you ask your husband to take a picture of you and your kids. 

Definitely frameable. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Hello, 21 weeks. {Baby #3 Update}

So 21 weeks (this past Monday) and I feel like I blinked and we're here. Even though when your in the middle of you feel like everyday is a year long. Here is a little update on the happenings of baby girl #3.

We had a 13 week NT scan for the first time ever. We never did it with the other two and we just wanted a sneak peek into our baby, to be honest. Everything came back as good news, as good as it can get.

Then we had our 19 week anatomy scan. Baby looked perfect and was measuring right on track. Thanks to the stubbornness of this one, the scan lasted over 2 hours. We thought we were wrapping up but then the doctor came in and started dropping some bombs. When I had my anatomy scan with Harper they mentioned I had cysts on one of my ovaries. They never mentioned the size and never made it seem like it was anything to worry about. And to be honest, I completely forgot about it once Harper came and never brought it up to my midwife.

So, the doctor comes in and says "You have an orange sized cyst on your ovary." BAM. Ok? That seems a little excessive. I was basically told it might go down after this baby is born but I will need to have it monitored and that if I start to feel incessant pain in my right side that I would need to contact my midwife ASAP because it could mean that it has turned or twisted or something and that it would need to be removed. Insert sad/petrified "I might need surgery while pregnant and lose an ovary?!" face. I realize this is my third child, but that's quite a hit to my fertility.

Then she dropped another bomb on me by saying that I have placenta previa (not a worst case scenario of it, but wanted to be cautious) and put me on pelvic rest. (which SUCKS) So I need to go back in 8 weeks to have it all checked out again. I am praying that the previa will have resolved itself and that I can be taken off of pelvic rest and that the humongous cysts hasn't grown any in size. But all that matters is that baby girl is looking good, growing healthy and that's all I really care about at this point.

I am getting super anxious for August, even though the state of our lives is a little in limbo right now! We are hoping to put our house back on the market in the summer (after Quinn's birthday so we can have one last pool party for her!) so we are still debating between public/private school and not knowing where we'll end up is a little crazy. But if it wasn't crazy, it wouldn't be what we do, so we are just going with it. We both have a strong desire for another fixer upper, (see? crazy), so we've been keeping our eyes open.

I'll see if I can keep up with this on a semi regular  basis!

How Far Along: 21 weeks
Size of baby: A banana! (7inches, 11 oz.) 
Although baby was 10 oz at 19 weeks so insert my fear of delivering a 10 pound baby.
Total Weight Gain: I honestly don't know where I started. From my first weight gain, I think I had already gained like 10 pounds, so I would say I'm up around 10 being that I lost some of it.
Maternity Clothes: Hey yoga pants.
Gender: Girl!
Movement: Non. Stop. Seriously. 
Anth can already feel her and I see my stomach move.
Sleep: Not great. I pee a lot. 
What I miss: An ice cold beer. And I'm on pelvic rest so I'll leave it at that.
Cravings: I can eat an entire cantaloupe
Symptoms: Still a tiny hint of nausea. Nothing unbearable.
What I'm looking forward to: Holding this sweet girl!

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Weekend Haps.

This week was rough. Stomach bugs, colds, fevers, topped off with an ear infection for Harper and the stomach bug for me. It was brutal. I have never, ever been more thankful for my husband and the great care he took of me and the girls. Even when his wife projectile vomited all over the bedroom while he was bringing me water and I couldn't stop crying out of sheer embarrassment. I swear, the man deserves a medal.

Daddy met us there, so obviously the girls didn't care at all when he arrived. 

Friday we spent our Friday at Ikea and it was amazing. We needed more toy storage (shocking) and we got a few more set ups of our beloved Trofast system. And since Baby #3 is taking over the spare playroom/craft room I needed to find something big enough to store all of mama's no kids allowed craft supplies. And of course hundreds of dollars worth of totally random things that you fall in love with there, we hopped next door to Buffalo Wild Wings where I realized I was starting to not feel so hot.

Quinn had been feeling better for almost a week, and Harper was instantly better after a dose of antibiotics, so thank the good Lord after 24 hours the bug was gone and I woke up Sunday and felt completely normal. Which was great because we had our first Egg Hunt of the season with our besties!

Despite skipped naps and overall tiredness, the girls did great! They even lasted through dinner thanks to Aunt Jamie's never ending diaper bag full of goodies!

And no joke. Harper fell asleep while swinging. Because of course she did.

It was the perfect ending to an otherwise sad weekend! Now... Happy Spring Break!

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 :)
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