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  • 37 & 38 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Few Adorable Gifts for Baby C

    How far along? 38 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: Measuring perfectly on schedule. :) Can't be bothered with my weight at this point >.<

    Maternity clothes: maternity leggings, stretchy shirts and a kimono 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Ugh. Sleep is nice but it hurts. I have been trying to get as much sleep as possible for obvious reasons (and because I have a cold) but between my roundness getting in the way and having to pee every 20 minutes its just not in the cards. 

    Best moment this week:  OFFICALLY FULL TERM!!!!! YAAAASS!!! Everyday is closer and closer to baby C day, so every day RULES! Also, someone called me a "Unicorn Momma" which made me swoon extreamly hard!! 

    Miss anything? I miss laying on my belly! I also miss working out! 

    Movement: Ninja baby forever! He's so cute, he knows when Emily is near. He loves her purrs and will start squirming around as soon as she gets close. She loves him and he loves her <3 

    Food cravings: Ice water, fruit, pizza and oysters 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Lightning crotch, cramps & swollen feet and ankles. Isn't pregnancy cute?!

    Belly button in or out? Flat and occasionally out! 

    Wedding rings on or off? OFF! These sausage fingers couldn't take it anymore! 

    Happy or moody most of the time: HAPPY and anxious! 

    Looking forward to: Meeting my Moy Boy 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    37 Weeks

    How cute is this bunny doll and embroidery from SleepyKing?! 

    Sunshine Baby Clothing sent Baby C the sweetest summer romper! I cant even stand how precious it is! HUUUUGE THANK YOU! <3 Check out her shop for more vintage inspired peices for boys and girls! 

  • 36 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Super Amazing Package from Lucy Darling!

    How far along? 36 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: Measuring perfectly on schedule. :) Can't be bothered with my weight at this point >.<

    Maternity clothes: Still living in simple stretchy non pregnancy clothes. With the exception of maternity pantaloons. 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: I have def noticed a difference in my sleep quality this week. I pass out around 11pm, then at around 3 am wake up every 45 minutes to pee. Then for the rest of the night I feel restless and sweaty. So thats cute. 

    Best moment this week:  Bags packed! Ready to go! The nursery is also ready for baby C! Check out my previous blog post with a million photos of our lovely little baby cave! 

    Miss anything? I miss having an endless amount of energy… but I have a feeling I won't be getting that back. 

    Movement: Even though I know he is super squished in there, he is still moving around a ton and kicking my ribs :)

    Food cravings: FRUIT!!!!!!!!! And of course cakes! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Something very unpleasant I have started notices besides my change in sleep, is lightning crotch. UMM HOLY OUCHIES! 

    Belly button in or out? FLAT and sometimes out when he's poking me! 

    Wedding rings on or off? OFF! These sausage fingers couldn't take it anymore! 

    Happy or moody most of the time: HAPPY! 

    Looking forward to: My Moy Boy to be here!!! Just a few more weeks! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    We received THE most adorable gift from Lucy Darling! Recently released "Baby's First Year" book which is in our hospital bag, monthly stickers and closet organizers so I can easily find outfits based on his age! SO brilliant! THANK YOU!!!!! <3

    Just like Daddy Docs! I am SO in love! 

  • 33 -35 Week Pregnancy Update Plus A Few Treats for Baby C!

    How far along? 35 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: We are just going to leave this one alone for now… lol Lets just say, I have put on some water weight and screamed WHOA when I stepped on the scale at my last appointment. -_-

    Maternity clothes: I live in 3 outfits, sweatpants and one pair of busted Toms. I can't fit into much else and I would rather spend money on baby stuff than clothes for myself so whatever. 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Its not horrible but its not great either. I will have random nights of blissful sleep and other nights of hell. BUT that is to be expected. Its so hard to turn over! I literally have to use my hands to fling my legs over, otherwise they feel so heavy and hurt so much, turning over is just impossible. 

    Best moment this week:  We had our baby shower this past weekend and it was AMAZING! So lovely, so fun and we are SOOOOO grateful to our friends and family who spent the day with us! I will post a whole separate blog post with TONNNNNSSSS of photos! It was like Pinterest threw up all over my house! It was perfect! 

    Miss anything? I really miss being comfortable and not being in pain. It will all be worth it, I know. 

    Movement: Still a ninja even though space is super limited in there! 

    Food cravings: Water, ice, oysters, salads, anything sweet. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: I have noticed that my body is starting to retain A LOT of water. My feet and ankles get super swollen! They look like subway sammich loaves according to Phil. (humph) I have also noticed my face filling out quite a bit, which I don't love...

    Belly button in or out? FLAT and sometimes out when he's poking me! 

    Wedding rings on or off? OFF! These sausage fingers couldn't take it anymore! 

    Happy or moody most of the time: HAPPY! 

    Looking forward to: More nesting with Phil! Photographing the nursery! AND OF COURSE MEETING OUR BABY BOY!!!! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    33 Weeks

    ADORABLE little Star Wars shoes from BinasBlooms.com THANK YOU!! <3 

    Baby "C's" first camera! From Fawn Over Baby

    Panda leggings from b.haven baby and Narwhal plush from Mythfit Creations

    A few photos from the shower! <3 

  • 31 & 32 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Gifts from Living Royal Sock Company and Stitched Up Apparel Baby Boutique

    How far along? 32 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: 130lbs 

    Maternity clothes: I cracked! I had to buy larger maternity pantaloons to house these big old hips and actual maternity shirts, my non maternity shirts made me feel like a stuffed sausage. I also had to buy a belly support band.. so basically a bra for my belly. Humph! 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Its been ok. I upped my pillow game and now use 3 big pillows. Poor Phil has little to no room left in our bed. Emily has been super clingy lately and forces herself on me every night. She will stand on me and hover until I make room for her to lay directly on my belly. She is such a weirdo. I think she likes baby boys kicks and he likes the vibrations from her purrs. 

    Best moment this week:  Having dinner with family at the mall and laughing for hours because we are all just so ridiculous. Also, we found a pediatrician very close to our house! 

    Miss anything? I miss being comfortable and not having random Braxton hicks contractions which make me instinctually grab my nether regions. -_- 

    Movement: This dude is crazy active! No complaints tho! I love it. 

    Food cravings: a glass of wine and oysters. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: My back is increasingly sore. But only in one spot, under my right shoulder blade. I've also started crying a lot.  Not because I am sad or anything, its just a weird reaction I have to certain things. I cried in H&R Block during taxes because the old man who was doing our taxes was SO adorable. He reminded me of someone. 

    Belly button in or out? FLAT and if I eat Pho it pushes out a little…. I can see having a convex bully button in my near future! 

    Wedding rings on or off? Engagement ring is off, wedding ring is still on. Puffy fingers are mad cute… 

    Happy or moody most of the time: Overwhelmed but happy and excited...

    Looking forward to: Dim freaking sum this weekend!!!! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    32 Weeks

    THANK YOU Living Royal for the adorable socks! Will be adding a few pairs to my hospital bag! They have a HUGE selection of cute socks! Take a look! >here<

    Another lovely package came for "BABY C" (hint hint). How freaking cute is this arrow legging/hat set from Stitched Up Apparel??! This might be little man's going home outfit?! Check out this UK brand's website for some crazy cute baby goodies!! >here<

  • 28 Week Pregnancy Update

    How far along? 28 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 124 lbs, I am supposed to gain about a pound a week from now on! 

    Maternity clothes: Its getting hard to wear any of my pre-pregnancy clothes. Up until now I have been getting away with stretchy shirts and tank tops, but my belly is so big, it sticks out on the bottom. So I think I am going to buy a belly band because I am not really into spending money on "maternity" tops. With the exception of pants, of course! I have a few pairs of maternity leggings and yoga pants which have been amazing! 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Movement has picked up this past week and I can feel him all at hours, his little squirms don't keep my up yet. BUT my back pains have! 

    Best moment this week:  Getting his closet put together. I am a freak for organization and Phil built the perfect closet system so let the OCD organizing begin!! :)

    We also reserved our "mom and pop" car at the Subaru dealership this week! We had some custom requests (of course) so we should have our new ride mid-Feb! We are SOOOO excited! 

    Miss anything? The 2nd trimester. LOL. It was SUCH an easy 3 months! As soon as I passed over that third trimester mark, it felt like everything changed! I became bigger, more tired, more moody and just NOT comfortable. 

    Movement: I love my little ninja! I just started reading in to baby mapping. I kind of don't get it, but I THINK he might be sideways?!?! I have the bulge on the right side of my belly button or where my belly button USED to be, so either thats his little (or big, like his father hehe) head or his bum. BUT when I went to my 28 week OB appointment, she found his heart at the bottom of my belly. UGH, I don't even know! I am just going to ask her next time. lol 

    Food cravings: slurpee! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Now that I am well into the third trimester, things are def different. As mentioned above, I am mad uncomfortable because I am getting so round, and my tiny upper body is having trouble supporting so much extra weight. I am much more tired this week and could literally sleep for days!!!! But I have too much to do for all of that. 

    Up until this week, I have had a pain-free pregnancy. I noticed some cramping and abdomen pains the other day and LOST MY SHIT! I though I may have been going into preterm labor which is my nightmare! My doc office wasn't open so I called the midwives at the hospital who calmed me right down! They told me to take a Tylenol and pop a heating pad only lower tummy for 5 minutes. I did just that and relaxed for the rest of they day, while my amazing baby daddy went out and got my crabby ass a slurpee, a snickers bar and Chinese take out. Everything a pregnant girl could want.  

    Belly button in or out? In, but just barely. Its pretty much flat at this point.. NOT CUTE but whatever. 

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: I've been happy but my tolerance for anything relating to an animal in pain will ruin my entire day. We are talking tears for HOURS. Usually I let it out for a minute and I am done, still sad, but no more tears. Not the case now. I will literally cry for hours if I see an animal in pain or being abused. :(

    Looking forward to: The baby shower, our new car and finishing up a few of my diy projects! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

  • 25-27 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Maternity Photos and Sneak Peak at My DIY Nursery Mobile

    The last few weeks have been super busy with planning for the New Year, designing my 2014 book and the millions of DIY projects I get myself into because of my nesting addiction, I am updating you all on weeks 25, 26 and 27! >.< sorry! 

    How far along? 27 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 122 lbs, I am supposed to gain about a pound a week from now on! 

    Maternity clothes: Can I just live in pajamas? 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day and I love how smooth and healthy my bump has been... minus the oily hands afterwards ;)

    Sleep: A few nights of insomnia, a few nights of restless legs and a few nights of being sick with a cold…. so sleep the past 3 weeks has been GREAT! (sike) But that is OK, I suppose I am preparing myself for many sleepless nights. 

    Best moment this week:  Since I am combining the last 3 weeks there are a few "best moments".

    Crafting with my friends and throwing a killer NYE party! 

    Phil and I had a mini maternity photo session with our good buddy, Ross! Emily totally took over the shoot, but we still ended up with some adorable photos. (See below) 

    Baby Shower planning!!! I have a wonderful group of girlfriends and my mother in law helping out and I couldn't be more excited or grateful! This party is going to be so much fun! We have a LOT to do before March 7th! 

    Entering into the third trimester!!!! YAAY!!!! Getting close! 

    Miss anything? I have had a few moments of missing my pre-pregnancy body. Its hard to go from being so small to gaining over 20 pounds, not fitting into anything and having your skin stretch. BUT these little moments quickly go away when I feel him kick or when I think about how much I love him and  how I want to be the best parent I can be for him. 

    Movement: He's a ninja! Kicking away at mommy's ribs, organs and bladder. This kid is def going to be enrolled in Muay Thai! 

    Food cravings: Milkshakes and Banh Mi sammiches 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Now that I am into my third trimester, I am starting to feel a couple first trimester symptoms again. Forever sleepy, ouchy boobs and little episodes of feeling nauseous. Its definitely not as bad as the first trimester, but what they say is true. The second trimester is a breeze and by far the most "normal" feeling. I feel VERY pregnant now. 

    I also have had a few reeeeallly scary moments where I was out in public, usually alone… my body starts to sweat and I am cold. I feel like I am running out of breath and I get dizzy. It feels like a faint it about to come on and I start to freak out. Usually if I do not do something about it, I will end up on the floor, which is never a good thing, especially when you are pregnant. Sitting down with THE coldest water you could imagine, cool air,  taking heavy clothes (jacket, sweater, shoes) off and breathing will usually calm me down. But it takes a good 15 minutes to be able to function again. 

    I've been anemic my whole life so this feeling isn't exactly new to me, but its not something I face often. I have been taking iron supplements every day, but I have a feeling my dosage is going to change after my next blood test, which is tomorrow, so we will see! 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy, happy, emotional, and moments of crazy here and there. 

    Looking forward to: The baby shower!!! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE MOYS!! Pipe-cleaner crowns tutorial >>> HERE

    Sneak Peak at my Woodland nursery mobile. I hope to finish this up by next week! 

    The journey of my growing belly! 

    _______________________

    Photos by Ross Thompson 

  • 24 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Our Family Christmas Photo & Lovely Gifts From Friends

    How far along? 24 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 117 lbs!

    Maternity clothes: I can't squeeze this bump in normal panty-hoes anymore.. thats pretty obvious. But finding a pair of maternity hoes to go with my "bell shaped NYE dress" that aren't as thick as 4 layers of skin seems to be impossible.. or maybe I am not looking in the right places? 

    Maternity bras have happened and I am SO much happier! 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day and I love how smooth and healthy my bump has been... minus the oily hands afterwards ;)

    Sleep: Pregnancy insomnia was a little better this week. We wash our sheets every weekend and Sunday nights are always the best night's sleep!I have found that reading a book instead of being on Pinterest or Youtube before bed, helps me fall asleep, and stay comfortably asleep. Not a genius discovery, but I finally caved and put the phone down! Also, can we talk about Target's SUUUUPER cheap basic pillows for a second?! They are like $4 each and are THE MOST COMFORTABLE PILLOWS EVER! I can't be bothered with my pregnancy pillow anymore, its too big. Target pillows are my jam! 

    Best moment this week:  Christmas was lovely! Phil got me a Panasonic LX7 Lumix camera so we can capture our little family! 

    Miss anything? Nope.

    Movement: Kicks for days! He is SO active. I love the little schedule he has made for himself. He isn't keeping me up at night yet, so I am pretty thrilled about that. 

    Food cravings: Everything. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Nothing new

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy, but a little stressed from the holiday rush. 

    Looking forward to: 3rd trimester! 

    This year's family Chirstmas photo. Emily hated her santa beard, then loved it. 

    Docs forever!!! 

    Beautiful Idiot Clothing sent us THE cutest outfit! A vintage gingham dress and denim shirt were upcycled and turned into denim shorts and a waistcoat. This is going to be his 4th of July outfit. Paired with a little summer fedora. 

    Sweetest onsie from a lovely friend! Thanks Katie!

  • 22 Week Update Plus our Registry and Gifts from Wolfkitten Apparel and Lovey Fawn!

    How far along? 22 weeks! 

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 115 lbs! 

    Maternity clothes: I found a few new pairs of warm leggings from Motherhood along with JEGGINGS! OMG! I never thought in a million years I would buy freaking jeggings! BUT regular jeans are just so uncomfortable and look weird on me so whatever! I will deal with them, for now haha! I also found a really great pair of yoga leggings at Target. They are tight but still comfy! 

    Oh and one of my favorite shirts no longer covers my belly, so I need a belly band ASAP! 

    Stretch marks? No. Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter every day and lots of H2O! 

    Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good. There was one night where I did not fall sleep until 3am because I wanted a brownie.

    Best moment this week:  Now that we know we are having a little boy, I was able to put together a registry! It took hours but I am so relieved I know how everything I need organized and linked! OCD much? -_- I also received a few baby gifts from really wonderful companies. Will get into that below! 

    Miss anything? MORE SEAFOOD! 

    Movement: Kicks for days! I love it! 

    Food cravings: Brownies and NERDS! I ate Phil's stocking stuffer (which was a box of Nerds so I need to re-purchase that)

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: BOY BOY BOY!!!

    Symptoms: Little man has been resting on my bladder likes its his own personal water bed, so I have been having to pee even more than usual! So like every 3 minutes. 

    Belly button in or out? In! But I can see the full interior of my belly button, which is a first… 

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy days, anxious days and one leave me alone day! 

    Looking forward to: Working on the nursery!

    WE ARE REGISTERED AT TARGET AND AMAZON! 

    >>Target<<

    >>Amazon<<

    Handmade dreamcatcher from Lovely Fawn, which is run by a darling mother all the way in Hawaii! It matches our nursery perfectly!!!  Her work is beautiful! She can make custom dreamcatchers as well as teepees! Check out her Etsy shop!!

    We also received THE cutest Star Wars Bandana Dribble Bibs from WolfKitten Apparel! So precious and so well made!! Our little boy is already SO rad!!! Thank you WolfKitten! Check out their Etsy shop!!

  • 20 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Gender Reveal! Its a...!!!!

    How far along? 20 weeks! HALF WAY THERE!! Weeee! 

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 114 lbs! Heck yes! The belly is getting big!

    Maternity clothes: Desperate for some new clothes! My fleece lined maternity leggings are cute and all, BUT they are starting to get pills EVERYWHERE which is so gross and up kept looking. So no dice on those. I need to find a new legging that doesn't do that but keeps my stems warm and toasty while comfortably hugging my growing belly!

    Stretch marks? No. Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter every day and lots of H2O! 

    Sleep: Sleep has been OK this week. I've managed to keep comfy. BUT since this last week had been so crazy exciting, there were a couple nights where it was hard to fall asleep. 

    Best moment this week:  Telling our friends and family the big gender news on Thanksgiving! 

    Miss anything? Not really.

    Movement: Kicks for days! I love it! 

    Food cravings: Mashed potatoes and gravy. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Restless legs (thanks to Phil for the leg massages!)  as well as a lovely cold just days before Thanksgiving. Pregnancy pretty much kills your immune system and not being able to take medicine prolongs whatever sickness is picked up. Luckily, my stuffy nose and sore throat went away (mostly) after a couple days and I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving!  

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy all week long! 

    Looking forward to: Getting the house cozy for Christmas ad SHOPPING for a baby boy!!!! There are SO many adorable boy outfits out there, I JUST CAN'T!! <3 

    8 Weeks | 16 Weeks | 20 Weeks

    My little "its a..." DIY gender reveal box! I found this idea on Pinterest and though it was THE cutest idea ever! 

    I sent a couple of boxes to out-of-state family. We facetimed them while they opened it!

  • 19 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Little Bit About Our 20 Week Appointment!

    How far along? 19 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 111 lbs! Woohoo!! 

    Maternity clothes: I am at that point where my old clothes just don't fit. I went to a lovely event at the National Cathedral with some gal pals this passed Monday and was faced with the task of dressing up without a single "maternity" dress or skirt. Its full on winter here in Washington DC, so it also had to be warm! After turning my closet upside down I found a black high waisted midi skirt that I had to pull up under my boobs in order to zip.  I paired that with a cropped black sweater (with a faux leather peter pan collar) that couldn't be tucked in to my skirt so ended up tucking it under my bra and folding it over so skin didn't show. I guess it worked but it was a little uncomfortable. I am a petite person, especially up top so finding something that is not gigantic (that not basic long-sleeved shirts) is going to be hard.

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Good nights and bad… VERY bad nights.  My legs have been crazy restless recently! NO bueno! Yesterday we found out the gender of our baby, I was so excited I didn't sleep a wink and I think baby was excited too because it was kicking all night long. I am also getting a cold so breathing was an issue. -_-

    Best moment this week:  Finding out that we are having a …….!!!! Can't tell until Thanksgiving! But OMG we are so happy and so madly in love with this child! We had a whole 45 minutes to look at our baby so the sonographer could measure all the baby's parts. Everything was perfect! <3 

    Miss anything? I was a little sore this week and the cold weather is a little bummy so I am missing a hot tub right about now! Oh how amazing would that be!!!! *dreaming*

    Movement: Someone is doing karate in my tummy! Lots of kicks! 

    Food cravings: Back to watermelon and ice water of course! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: ITS A …….! (Will let everyone know on Thanksgiving!)

    Symptoms: My legs are so restless its not even funny! I can't stretch enough! 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week with the exception of one moody day where I just wanted to sleep and listen to Lana Del Rey!

    Looking forward to: Telling our family the sex of our baby right before Thanksgiving dinner (some via phone, FaceTime or text) I am also sending a little reveal box to my grandmother and brother in Florida to open via FaceTime so we can see their reactions. I will post photos of our reveal next week! 

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I have so much to be thankful for! We were blessed in SO many ways this year!  

    Right after finding out the sex! SO HAPPY AND EXCITED!! 

  • 18 Week Pregnancy Update, Gender Prediction and Beautiful Nursery Goodies from Honey and the Hive!!

    How far along? 18 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 108 lbs!! 

    Maternity clothes: I haven't bought anything maternity specific this week. Still rocking my maternity leggings and basic tees. Even though i'm not in love with jeans, I was thinking about getting a pair so I don't look the exact same ever single day. lol

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: I have had good days and bad days this week. Some nights I fit perfectly in my maternity noodle and sleep like a baby, other nights are somewhat nightmarish. No matter what I do, I can't get comfortable. 

    Best moment this week:  First kick! It was so cute! Having a tattoo on my tummy makes it a  little easier to see movement too. But this baby is kicking away in there! Phil got to feel it for the first time this week, it was pretty special <3

    Miss anything? Not really. 

    Movement: Kicks!

    Food cravings: chipotle cilantro lime rice!!! And Ice water forever! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: Wed, Nov. 19th is THE day!! But I won't be revealing anything until Thanksgiving!!  

    Symptoms: Peeing all of the time. I have been getting light headed more often. I had what felt like a mini panic attack last weekend while waiting to be seated for lunch. I got hot, cold and sweaty all at the same time. I needed a seat and a huge glass of ice water. 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week! 

    Looking forward to: Finding out if this little baby is a boy or girl!! Phil and I have opposite predications which is pretty fun! One of us WILL BE RIGHT!! What do you think it is? Leave your guess in the comment box below!! <3

    Beautiful artwork for the nursery from my friend Honey and the Hive! She is one talented soul! Please go check her out!! 

    Tinyprints.com asked me to check out their baby gender predictor quiz! Based on "old wives' tails" and my own intuition, here is their prediction: http://www.tinyprints.com/quiz/boy.htm

  • 17 Week Update & Bump Photo/Halloween Costume and My Own Newborn Photo!

    (Halloween costume! Mama cat) 

    How far along? 17 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Gained 1 pound this week! I am at 106 lbs now!

    Maternity clothes: I've been obsessed with H&M Basic long sleeve shirts. They are comfy, simple and stretch a ton. I am going to try and get away with wearing these as long as possible! 

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Sleep has been GLORIOUS this week.  Except waking up every single morning at 4:30 to pee. 

    Best moment this week:  We are planning a pretty cute gender reveal! I can't wait!! Also baby flutters are starting to get intense and I am pretty sure kicks will be happening soon! My boobs stopped hurting! Weeee!!! 

    Miss anything? Not really. 

    Movement: Flutters!

    Food cravings: Doritos 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: Will find out in the next few weeks! 

    Symptoms: Peeing all of the time!

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week! 

    Looking forward to: Sonogram appointment in a few weeks to find out if we have a boy or girl!! 

    This photo was sent to me last week. Just a couple of hours old. May 18, 1985. (There! Now everyone knows how old I am, lol) I was SO red! 

  • 16 Week Pregnancy Update, Bump Photos and Baby Moccasins from Wild Darlings

    How far along? 16 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Weighed in at 105 this week. 6 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. My baby bump is growing pretty fast now! Thank goodness! I no longer look like I just ate too much cake! 

    Maternity clothes: I can still get away with wearing my yoga pants, but they are starting to get a little uncomfortable. They stop mid-belly which causes pressure when I sit, so I don't think they will be in my wardrobe for much longer. I did however find the most comfortable "maternity" leggings ever from Motherhood! So far I have 2 pair, one in gray which goes under the belly, and the other in black which goes over. Both I will be able to wear post pregnancy! I will definitely need to get more! 

    I also have been wearing the BEST undies! They aren't maternity specific either! They are the "No Show" panty from Victoria's Secret! No harsh band, just simple, comfy and easy to grown in. 

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Most nights are ok and I sleep pretty sound throughout the night. There have been a few nights where I just can't find a position I like and my pregnancy pillow becomes a life saver! 

    Best moment this week: Finally felt baby flutters! At first, it was hard to tell if it was gas or baby. >.<

    Miss anything? Spicy tuna rolls! 

    Movement: Flutters!

    Food cravings: All of the sweets! Plus, raw green peppers and I literally CAN'T drink enough ice water! Omg, just thinking about it makes me happy!  

    Anything making you queasy or sick? My prenatal gummy vitamins are hard to chew and swallow sometimes. Old Bay and popcorn became my enemy during the first trimester, so even just thinking about them, make me want to throw up. I hope that changes!! Being a DC girl, I HAVE to have my Old Bay! 

    Gender: Will find out in the next few weeks! (i hope)

    Symptoms: Now that I am well into my second trimester, I feel a bit normal! I am no longer constantly nauseous or fighting to keep my eyes open, which is GREAT! But, a few new symptoms have developed that I am less than fond of. I get winded really easily. Sometimes a little light headed and I have to lay down for a minute. It usually passes after a few minutes but it can be a little scary. I've gotten heartburn a couple of times. Nothing crippling, and a ginger drop usually cures that mess right away. 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Usually I am really good at controlling my moods, but I have surrendered and let my pregnancy hormones do their "thing". Most of the time I am super happy, but there have been a few days where my temper will get the best of me, or I will get super sad and cry at just about anything. The other day I found a praying mantis outside my house, I kept crying because his eyes were so far apart. NOT normal! Thank goodness my husband still loves me!  

    Looking forward to: Apple picking this weekend! Apples pies and homemade apple butter here I come!

    13 Weeks!

    15 Weeks!

    From cake belly to looking pregnant! YAY! :D

    Wild Darlings sent baby the cutest pair of moccasins! Hand made and just lovely! Thanks! 

  • Lives are changing!

    We are so excited to finally announce our big news! Phil and I are having a baby! Our dream has come true and come April we will be parents! We couldn't be more excited to expand our little family of 3 (including Emily) to 4!

    NYC photographer and good friend, Ross Thompson photographed these lovely announcement photos for us. (Location: Old Town, Va.) Check out his work here! Thanks Ross!! 

    Almost 8 years ago, shortly after Phil and I met, we came across the cutest little baby Vans shoes! I don't even know why, but we bought them. They traveled with us to 7 different homes and 4 different states. Who knew they would actually be apart of our announcement photos so many years later!? Clearly we will be a Vans wearing family. LOL.