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  • Pregnancy in my 20s vs my 30s | Gender Reveal

    Half way there! Woohoo! In a way, I feel like I have been pregnant for everrrr, but at the same time it feels like I was just racing to Target because I had “that feeling”. I am so excited for this little babe to complete our little family! OK, so here is what I have experienced so far. Its not at all what I expected this time!

    If you followed my blog while I was pregnant with Camden, you know it was a magical pregnancy. It was easy and amazing. I wasn’t sick, sore, tired or miserable AT ALL. I was so lucky!!
    This time, things are very very different. Sure, I am almost 4 years older (not in my 20s anymore WAHHH!!) so I get it, but man… its been brutal and scary at times!

    Lets start with the first trimester…
    I was so sick. Like could barely eat anything, my tummy always felt like it was turning! Even water made me want to vom! Eventually, the only thing I wanted to eat were caesar salads, pickles, watermelon and smoothies.

    Another not so lovely symptom that hit me pretty hard was exhaustion. I was more tired in my first trimester than I was when Camden was a newborn. Peeling myself out of bed felt like torture and when I finally got up, I went straight to the couch. Luckily, Cam is a pretty independent kiddo and just played, drew and read so I could sleep. I don’t know how mamas with a demanding child manage while they are in zombie first trimester mode!

    Lets throw a positive in there because I feel like I am bitching too much and there is more bitching to come. I felt my first tummy flutters super early. I think it was like 12 weeks or so I felt him swimming around and by 14 weeks I felt full on kicks! Those little kicks made it feel real, and made me forget about all the agony I was going through. I felt an instant connection and my heart, which was already so full, was about to overflow with love for this child.

    Suddenly, I found myself in my second trimester which usually means a relief from morning sickness and exhaustion. I patiently waited for that relief but I was still a hot mess. Distracted my a growing belly (which popped super fast), a few weeks went by and I was feeling like myself again! The weather was getting warmer, here in Charleston, SC and I could finally wear dresses that made me look pregnant and not just full of tacos! I was embracing pregnancy and LOVING IT! Then I started having a difficult time again. I was getting light-headed to the point of almost passing out multiple times a day. Its a pretty scarey feeling especially when you’re alone a lot or its just you and your toddler. I called my OB office and the nurse immediately blamed it on the lack of meat in my diet (eye roll). Obviously, keeping myself healthy for this baby is my priority so I increased my protein intake with alternatives like nuts and beans, as well as increased my iron intake with strawberries, spinach and tofu. These light headed spells aren’t as frequent now so I guess I am doing something right! I have learned to be careful, especially when its hot and humid (so, like everyday here). I’ve noticed my body is trigger by humidity and extremely hot weather so I will be living in AC ally summer long.

    OK, lets talk varicose veins for a second. I thought varicose veins came with menopause or something? Certainly not in your early 30s! One day, I randomly noticed the veins in my right leg, around my knee looking pretty upset and more noticable than usual. Naturally, I freaked out and went straight to google to learn that its another very unglamorous symptom of pregnancy especially when you’re older (I hate that word). An Instagram friend who is also pregnant had shared that she too had varicose veins, and had experienced them in previous pregnancies and they went away! So, I immediately felt a little comforted. These bitches hurt and if I stand for too long, they begin to bother the hell out of me. So yay for gross bulgy veins! -_- I ordered compression socks and I am impatiently waiting for them to be delivered!

    Currently, I am 24 weeks and feeling extremely large. I was told this baby is big and that my small frame might have difficulties carrying full term but I’m not going to count on that. I think my body will do what its supposed to do and make sure my baby and I are ok.

    So, in the mean time I am happily adjusting to being uncomfortable because after all, I am growing a human… I perfect little human and that makes it so so worth everything. I may not be sleeping well and I may be feeling the every pain of my body expanding and making room, but I am so grateful to be pregnant again and I can’t wait to hold this BOY in my arms!

    Yup! Another BOY!!!!! I am over the moon to be able to raise another dude! Boys are so special, and my life goal is to raise respectful, smart, polite and hard working men in a world that so desperately needs it. Little Moy Boy has a name, but we are keeping it hush until he is born. All I can say is that it starts with a G! Baby G!

    Dress-TJ Maxx

    I have already started to collect little things for little moy boy. Here are some favorites! 

    Prints- Honey and the Hive

    Shirts for big brother and little brother - The Wild Kids Apparel 

    Abby and Finn diapers Size 1

    Avery the Lamb Doll - Cuddle + Kind (One doll purchase = 10 meals to children in need) \\ Sweater, romper and onesie - TJ Maxx

    Wall art, pants and jumpsuit are from Target

    Diaper bag but One Tree - Amazon 

    Postpartum Spray by ma mere- Amazon 

    Boys bating suit- Ollie & Squish

    Vintage find! 

    I was sent the new DockATot from Oh Joy for baby G to enjoy!  I am gratful and excited for him to have sweet dreams in this beauty! - DockATot

    As always, thank you for for stopping by! <3

  • Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies

    +LAVENDER LEMON SHORTBREAD COOKIES+

    Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup powdered icing sugar
    • 2 tsp dried lavender
    • zest of one lemon
    • 1 cup butter, room temperature
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • additional sugar, optional

    Instructions
    1. In a food processor, blend the powdered sugar, dried lavender, and lemon zest until lavender flowers and lemon are well minced.
    2. In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, add butter and cream on medium speed. Add the powdered sugar mixture and blend. Then mix in the flour and salt just to combine.
    3. Using your hands, press the dough inside the mixing bowl until a loose dough ball forms. Lay out two sheets of plastic wrap. Lift 1/2 of the mixture onto one sheet and shape into a log about 4-5 inches long. Wrap the plastic around, twist and ends and use the warmth from your hands to shape and smooth the log further. Then refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours.
    4. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
    5. Slice chilled dough into 1/4-inch slices. If desired, roll or sprinkle in sugar. 
    6. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Add additional sugar as desired.

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  • Pregnant With Baby #2 | First Trimester

    Hi Friends! It’s been ages and I've been wondering when I would finally have the drive to start the blog back up. One of my favorite things to do is make a fresh cup of coffee, sit down and get lost in writing about our life adventures... so I don’t' know why I stopped? Anyways…

     So much has happened but lets start with the biggest and most exciting... 

    WE ARE PREGNANT! Baby is due October 17th and we are over the moon! This little one will complete our family! I cam so excited to have a fall baby, October is my favorite month plus Phil, Camden and I are all born in the Spring/early Summer so it will be nice to have a gap in celebrating birthdays $$$$ 

     Currently, I am 14 weeks and oh so happy to be in the second trimester, as the last couple months have been brutal! Quite the opposite as my first pregnancy, I have been extremely tired and just plain sick. Thankfully, I have been feeling a little less like a cranky zombie and more like a human this week! Woohoo!

    Camden is so excited to be a big brother! He has already told me he will help with daiper changes and feedings lol. Some days he talks about how much he loves his baby brother and how they are going to play trucks and some days he says he loves his baby sister soo... I suppose that means he would be happy with either! 

     

    Food Aversions:

    The smell of my spice cabinet makes me dry heave, so no thank you. 

    Meat. Ugh, I cook it for the boys but it’s a battle to not throw up now.

    Food Cravings: 

    Beer? Uh, this is a weird one for me since I am (was) a wine and cocktails kind of gal. The smell of beer literally makes my mouth water! 

    Caesar Salads

    Raw Oysters... another thing I can't have (basically I am torturing myself with my cravings)

    Watermelon 

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 

    Pickles (cliché pregnancy craving but OMG… GIMMIE ALL THE PICKLES!) 

     Sleep:

    My sleep has been all over the place. Some nights I sleep perfectly and others I literally go crazy laying there waiting for the alarm to go off. I have been using my Himalayan salt lamp, which has helped calm my anxiety and turn off my brain.

     Weight Gain:

    My pre-pregnancy weight was much more healthier than with Camden. I was 97 lbs. at my first appointment with him, but this time around I came in at 112 lbs. and have gained 1 pound so far. Lets hope I don’t gain FIFTY FREAKING POUNDS again!

     How I Have Been Feeling?

    Moods are pretty consistent with random bursts of psycho. I think I have just been too tired to be a total psycho soo that’s cool. LOL

    The tears have just started and mostly because I can’t stand that Camden is growing up so fast. I have been watching old videos of him on my phone and I just sob. Like full blown tears streaming down my face and dripping on absolutely everything.

     I am a little uncomfortable with my body right now, which I expected. I am starting to get a little bump, which only really fits in high-waisted yoga pants or stuffed under a skirt or dress. Bump also looks like it could be beer belly so I have been embracing allll the flowy shirts!

     Movement?

    I did not expect to feel baby until at least 18/20 weeks but at 13 weeks I started feeling little flutters. I went in for an ultrasound and asked about it. Was it just tummy toots or is that my little baby? Apparently, it is totally possible to feel baby as early as 12 weeks with your second baby. So yea, I can already feel my little bean bouncing around.

     Boy or Girl?

    We will find out May 21!

     Baby Gear:

    I haven’t bought much for baby yet, as we have so much leftover from Camden but I am sure that will change soon. I love baby shopping!

     

     Thank you for reading and more blog posts will be coming soon! I have so much to update you all on! 

     

  • Magic and Memories with the CINEMOOD Storyteller | Holiday Discount Code

    Christmas is just a couple weeks away!?  I know I can’t be the only one totally thrown off by how quick autumn came and went leaving you with that cold panic of last minute Christmas shopping!

     Just like any year, I strive to find cool gifts for Camden that will provide hours of entertainment, so I can actually get things done, and allow him to use his imagination, because the imagination of a toddler is literal magic.

     

    You guys... are you ready for this? I am so excited to tell you about the CINEMOOD Storyteller! It’s a small handheld projector that can come along anywhere with your kiddo as they make the sweetest memories.  Going on a road trip? Bring the CINEMOOD! Going camping and wanting to listen to music or play shadow puppets? Bring the CINEMOOD! Movie night in the backyard that requires minimal set up and zero extension cords? Bring the CINEMOOD, popcorn and a blanket! This device is a dream!

    With 120+ hours of kid-friendly preloaded digital content, including lullabies, digital books, bedtime stories, fairy tales, cartoons, shadow puppets, music, Disney, Netflix and YouTube streaming capabilities, you and the fam can enjoy having endless amounts of entertainment right at your finger tips. It can even be controlled from your phone by downloading the CINEMOOD app.  

    So, I have two surprises or you!

     First, CINEMOOD is having a rad Christmas promotional sale that will knock the original price of $399 down to $299.

    Website: https://goo.gl/b3mQpH

    Amazon: https://goo.gl/ZZ6Xnf

    Second, they gave me a code that will get you a free Smart Cover that will allow you to access even more content! Use TIFFMOOD at checkout https://goo.gl/b3mQpH