Monday, November 30, 2015

Bumpdate | 37 Weeks




Using one of my "maternity" pictures this week instead!

[How far along]

We are at 37 weeks! Only 3 weeks left (fingers crossed). 

[Size of the baby]

Leighton is the size of a leek (approximately 19.1 inches and 6.5 pounds). Since I am full term now, if my labor starts they will just let it happen! Come on baby, we want to meet you!

The Waiting Game


Man, I really was dreading Monday this week. Having four days off in a row was just really relaxing. I am going to be honest, I slept quite a bit. This kid/pregnancy is just exhausting me and I am trying to soak in as much sleep as possible before he comes. 

[Thursday]

Obviously, Thursday was Thanksgiving. Well Nate and I were not feeling to comfortable traveling this year since Leighton could really decide to come at any time now so we stayed home. My mom and one of my brothers ended up joining us and together we made some pretty yummy food. 

Before that though, we headed to the park nearby and snapped a couple of pictures. I didn't really care about getting the standard maternity pictures. Honestly I just didn't feel like I needed a lot of pictures of my belly, what am I going to do with those? I had pictures of it from almost every week already so I didn't feel like it was necessary. That being said, we basically just had a few "family pictures" taken that I happen to be pregnant in. 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Second Star to the Right


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Honestly, as soon as we found out we were pregnant, I started to think about how to decorate a nursery. A theme popped up constantly - Neverland - and it has stuck true to today. I never wanted it to be an in your face them with pictures of peter pan everywhere, but I wanted little pieces that connected back to a general grouping of people (fairies/mermaids/Indians for a girl and the lost boys for a boy). Once we found out what we were having, you can see that reveal here, I went full force with a little Lost Boy's/Neverland inspired room. It is finally completely done and ready to share so enjoy the pictures below!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The food though...


If I were to go back and pick a theme from the weekend, it would be food. Lots of food. It was all really good food too. I mean, that is a successful weekend to me!

[Friday]

So on Thursday, I finally got around to making the lasagna I have been talking about for two weeks now. It was a not so pleasant experience and I doubt I will ever attempt to make more than one at a time again. Anyway, Friday night we had our friends over for dinner and ate one of the pans of lasagna. I must say, I was impressed with myself. It was yummy and just what I needed on a Friday night. The rest of the evening was spent chatting and letting dogs play. You know, the typical Friday night of married twenty-somethings that don't spend every free night at the bar. I love these kind of nights, they are refreshing.

[Saturday]

The last few weekends that we have been home on Saturday, I have been making breakfast/brunch for Nate and I. This week I decided to try something new and we had Cinnamon Toast Pancakes. Holy yum. They were kind of chewy (I think I over mixed them), but the flavor was really good and knowing they were decently healthy helped too.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Lovin' | November 20

Alright, we made it to another Friday. I've got a car seat check, a doctor appointment, friend dinner, church and a lot of cleaning between now and Monday so I am sure the weekend will fly by. Until then, let's talk loves for the week.

1 | Shonda Rhimes

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Really though, I cried multiple times again last night (during Grey's specifically). She gets me every time. 


2 | Products

[John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss]

So obviously my hair has been through a lot. After being brunette for almost my entire life (all but a short, barely blonde period in college), I took the plunge and really went for it. I loved it, but after we moved I didn't want to find a new salon and it was a lot of work. So I ended up coloring my hair dark again (like back to my natural, I think) and it stayed put for about one wash. It is really just a couple of spots that lightened up, but still. So I ran out to Wal-Mart and grabbed a bottle of this stuff just hoping it would do the trick. It did. My color isn't perfect still, but it is a lot better in the faded areas and I only notice it because I know where to look. I have only used this once and it says to use once a week for a month for full results so it can only get better right?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bumpdate | 36 Weeks

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You know things are getting real when your pregnancy app adds a new button saying "Baby Arrived" and when you download a second app for timing contractions easily. This got here fast.

[How far along]

We have made it to 36 weeks! Ah I can't even believe it. There are only 28 more days (or more or less) between us and our baby boy. I'm still feeling the 6th, so 11 days early. Not sure why, just sounds right.

[Size of the baby]

Leighton is approximately 18.7 inches and just under 6 pounds (like always, if he is like the average baby). This makes him the size of a coconut or a winter melon. Sheesh! He is for sure running out of room, I can attest to that. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bumpdate | 35 Weeks

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This kid is wearing me out and he isn't even here yet. Here is my update for 35 weeks a couple days late!

[How far along]

We are 30 days out from Leighton's due date. Any guesses on when he will actually make his appearance? Nate and I have been joking that he won't come on time and I will be induced on Christmas Eve, labor until Christmas day and then he will decide it is time. Lately we also have said that he will come early (on November 30) since I have two necklaces that have December birthstones in them. I guess we will see huh?

[Size of the baby]

There is a human inside of me that is the size of a Honeydew Melon...well then. So he is about 18.2 inches and 5.5 pounds (if he is like the average).

[Weight Gain]

Just over 33 pounds now. I found where my stretchmarks were hiding too, all on my butt. I was waiting to see them, I've earned these stripes.

[Symptoms]

Well, like I said, I have found the stretch marks, but my belly button is also getting worse. Seriously regretting that belly button piercing right about now. Saturday night I laughed a little too much I think and now I have a sore spot. One doctor call eased my worries, it is a nice strained muscle. Other than that I can no longer fit my ring on and am just starting to really feel the typical aches and pains of being this far along. I can't wait until this little guy gets here though!

[Gender]

We are having a little boy! The reveal story is here

[Nursery Update]

Still needing to buy diapers/wipes but otherwise it is done! I am finally ready to take pictures and share with the world!

[Craving]

I really, really want a cookie again. Unfortunately all I have at home is a box of cake mix so that was what I defaulted to.

[Projects]

Storage solutions
Organization Ideas for closet
Art/pictures on wall
Heartbeat print
Lost Boys Blocks
Maternity picture list
Newborn picture list & prop shopping list
Hospital bag packing list
Diaper bag packing list
Peter Pan Hat
Dream Catcher
Cradle Sheet

The nursery is done. Like really done. So are my lists for the hospital. Our bags aren't 100% packed yet, but they are close enough that I could throw a couple of things in each really quick and we would be fine if needed. On to the lists for pictures!

[Random]

The idea that all of our plans are being made with an asterisk by them from now on is so crazy to think about. Also the fact that Nate and I are staying home and making Thanksgiving dinner for just us is weird too. To top off the craziness, I keep walking downstairs and seeing my Christmas tree up and that is just driving me nuts. I am a very strict no Christmas until after Thanksgiving kind of person.


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Monday, November 16, 2015

And we are packing

Well last week was my last week of traveling for work and this Thursday will be the day that my doctor told me is the end of traveling period. Lordy that came quick. Anyway, we didn't do any traveling over the weekend, but we did stay busy and laugh a lot (which I am paying for now). I know I disappeared last week, but honestly I am just exhausted and keep getting distracted with baby things. So here is to hopefully a good week, both in life and on this blog of mine.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bumpdate | Weeks 33 & 34

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Yea, I don't have an excuse for why I didn't post my update last week. I mean life happens and I got distracted, let's be honest. So here is two weeks of updates in one!

[How far along]

The countdown is under 40 days. We were at 34 weeks Thursday, which means only 39 (give or take a few days possibly) stand between us and our new life with this little boy.

[Size of the baby]

Butternut Squash or a Cantaloupe. So he is about 17.7 inches and 5 pounds (if he is like the average).

[Weight Gain]

31 or so pounds. It is crazy to see these numbers. I still feel pretty good though and I am so thankful for that.

[Symptoms]

I am definitely starting to feel hot more often, until recently I honestly had been cold more than hot. Baby brain is happening, Nate thinks it is just an excuse but I believe it is real. I have noticed a bit of swelling in my hands throughout the day, but nothing crazy or painful. Truly though, I think having 32 weeks of easy sailing is starting to catch up with me, as I expected. Honestly, I think the best thing I have been doing to help with everything is just drinking a ton of water. I was starting to get a lot of leg cramps and I really bumped up my water intake and ever since I have felt so much better. I also came up with a simple workout plan to keep me moving until the baby comes which has been good. Squat 'til he is here is the motto for the next 40 or so days.

[Gender]

We are having a little boy! The reveal story is here

[Nursery Update]

It looks so adorable, yeah I am biased but still. We are definitely ready for baby. Needing diapers, wipes and a few little things but if he would come today we would be fine.

[Craving]

Well lately I have really been wanting a cookie. Apples are still high on my list though too!

[Projects]

Storage solutions
Organization Ideas for closet
Art/pictures on wall
Heartbeat print
"bearskin" rug?
Lost Boys Blocks
Maternity picture list
Newborn picture list & prop shopping list
Hospital bag packing list
Diaper bag packing list
Peter Pan Hat
Dream Catcher
Cradle Sheet

Progress is being made, this is seriously all I worked on this all last week and have been working on it all this week too. Sharing it all soon (next week)!

[Random]

I have last minute lists that I am working on finishing up. One of which is our hospital bags list. Any must have or must leave items from you other mommies? Also working on getting the diaper bag ready. It is so real now I can't even believe it!

So last Sunday at church, I underestimated how big my stomach was and how close the railing on the kneeler was and I bumped it and almost fell off. That would have been embarrassing...

We had our breastfeeding class this week and I am feeling a lot better about it all. Breastfeeding in general is one of the only things that is causing me a bit of anxiety so it was nice to leave with some peace of mind. 


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Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Lovin' | November 6

This has been a pretty awesome week, and it has really flown by. Here are the things that have made it even better.

1 | This Partnership

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I think everyone was in shock and awe listening to this version of Drink You Away this week during the CMAs. Honestly, it was amazing and I have watched it/listened to it multiple times since it originally aired. 




2 | Products

[derma|e Hydrating Night Creme]

I received a jar of this lovely creme c/o BrandBacker and derma|e and I am beyond ecstatic about it. I have been using it for about 5 days now and my skin feels/looks so much better. The fall weather has really done a number on my skin and I credit this nourishing creme with all the positive change that I have seen. I will be doing a Fall Skincare post next week so be on the lookout for that to see what has been making my life lately.

[Lip Service by LUSH]

I have started really laying this on thick while I am doing my makeup. My lips have been super chapped lately and I have noticed a huge difference since I started using it.

3 | These words

As I was scrolling through Bloglovin' this week I came across this article and I just felt like I was meant to. So often I struggle with patience and I know with Leighton coming anytime in the next 6 weeks my patience will be tried over and over again while he grows up. 

4 | Original Songs

More specifically, this one. 



We were watching The Voice this week and Nate and I both perked up when we heard someone would be singing this one. Unfortunately, he didn't do it justice (in our humble opinion) so I immediately headed to Spotify and pulled up the real thing. It will forever be a favorite song of mine. 

5 | The Berry's Morning Coffee

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Really though, I am still not okay with this.

And that is the list. Hopefully tonight I can add a new car to this list. Two weeks of not having one has led to a very homebody life for me.

Happy Weekending Friends!


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hello, November

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I will welcome November with open arms this year. We are that much closer to our little guy getting here, and the fact that it has been in the 70's during the day has just been the cherry on top. That being said a lot of my currently topics will revert back to baby stuff because that is what is happening. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October Ipsy "Unboxing"

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I love these little bags of heaven. This month's theme was Alter Ego and the bag itself won me over before I even opened it up. It is gold on one side and patent black on the other and almost a square instead of a rectangle. Again, they made it a bit thicker and sturdier than the first on I got so that is awesome too. On to the products!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Two years & a Hole in One



This is the first time this year I have been happy about a Monday, and it is only because it is a reminder of the best day of my life. Today Nate and I celebrate 2 years of marriage! Sheesh how time flies. Two years ago we were counting down to our wedding day and now we are counting down to the birth of our baby boy. Who would have thunk? Anyway, on to the weekend.