Friday, November 21, 2014

Cute Gift Idea

For Emmy’s birthday, I got her a really cute book from I See Me! I am in no way being compensated for this post, but thought I would share because it really is darling and would make a great holiday gift for your own child or someone you know!

I got the Farm Friends book because it included both her name and picture on each page. Here is a peak at the whole book:

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The illustrations are super cute and I got a $10 off coupon from Plum District. They don’t currently have the deal, but I did find several coupons on Retail Me Not in case you are interested in ordering. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bumpdate Weeks 37 & 38

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How far along: 38 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: My scale at home shows 22 and the one at the doctor says 24.  Hoping this stays constant!

Maternity Clothes: Maternity and flowy regular shirts

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He definitely has his active times of day! It is so funny because I have had ultrasounds at my last two doctor appointment to make sure he is breathing and to check for movement. He will be and then as soon as the ultrasound starts and I lay down, he falls fast asleep. He is just like his daddy! Ha! He is also, thankfully, not under a rib, so when he stretches it is much more comfortable than it was with Emmy. I also have noticed that he reacts to the sound of my voice.  If he is moving like crazy and I tell someone to look, he will immediately stop. Stinker!

Sleep: I have been having Braxton Hicks contractions at night. They aren’t painful, but the immediate need to go to the restroom wakes me up. I have been getting up at least every two hours to go to the bathroom, so sleep is not the best.  One night I was up three times within one hour because every time I fell asleep, I would need to go again. Le sigh.

Cravings: Tootsie Rolls, anything sweet.

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, the inability to climb stairs without shortness of breath, overall, I feel pretty good, though. I have made some progress at the doctor and an induction date has been set if he doesn’t come on his own. Not sure how I feel about an induction, but my doctor made a comment about how nothing pretty was going to happen after the scheduled date and I didn’t ask….I don’t know if I want to know! I am still holding out for him to come on his own!

Looking forward to: Seeing Emmy and her brother together.  I hope she loves him as much as she loves other babies!. 

Best moments: It has been fun seeing him at the ultrasounds the past two weeks.  We finished his room, got the car seat installed, his bags packed and all of the little last minute things done.  I am supposed to have a massage, mani and pedi tomorrow, so I am hoping he holds out for me to get some pampering in.  Mama needs some love!

Big sister: One of the funniest things Emmy asked is if baby brother was going to pop out and scare her! Ha! I wish it was that easy, sister!  She also loves to rub my belly and tickle it saying “tickle, tickle, tickle.” It is super cute.  Emmy also is very into getting into Holden’s bed to hang out. She can climb into it a little too easily! 

Not entirely baby related, we also put up our Christmas tree this past weekend so I wouldn’t have to mess with it when he arrived and she was mesmerized with it and her own little tree. I love seeing the little things through her eyes. It really is fun to see the magic! Oh, and she LOVES Christmas music – just like her mama, which I am totally in love with!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Baby Boy’s Room and His Name

We have finally finished baby boy’s room (minus putting his monitor up and his sound machine in the room), but it is pretty much marked off our “to-do” list!

I decided to keep the walls the same tan that they were and just paint a stripe on the wall and place his name in the middle. (And when I say “paint,” I totally mean my mom. Thanks, mom!)

So, his name, should we not change it between now and him being born, is Holden Thomas. There is no real significance to the first name except that we both liked it (which was a feat in and of itself) and no one else has a kid with the same name! Thomas is a family name that Tommy, his dad and grandfather all share.

So, as for the room…the bedding is bumperless and kind of hard to see in these pictures, but I was super pleased with how it turned out. I had it made locally by Spiffy Monkey. She also made the chair pillow, the changing pad covers, and skirt. I especially love the skirt because it is adjustable, so as I drop the crib, it can be moved up without issues!  The fabric on the top is a green and navy hexagon and the side is a chevron. I have another sheet that is reversed, so the hexagon is on the side and chevron on the top. My sister was nice enough to let me borrow her chair. Yay!

My friend Iris’ mother-in-law made this custom ABC print for me and I am in love with it! The lamp is from Target, the bookshelf was a raw wood one that my mom painted (thanks, mom!) and the bins are from Pottery Barn Kids.

My mom also repainted this piece of furniture that I have had since I was a child.  My friend Janie gifted me with the sweet Dream Big artwork that she purchased off Etsy and it goes perfectly in the room!

The vintage truck was my dad’s when he was little. I got the adorable fox print off a sale on I am obsessed with it!


These blackout curtains were an amazing bargain from Amazon. I paid $45 and they feel amazing, block the light and are really well made. I definitely recommend them!

My mom and I made this artwork that was going to hang above the bookcase, but they weren’t absolutely perfect, so my OCD didn’t allow me to have them be a focal point. Instead they are as you walk in the room and placed around here and there.

We just bought canvases and scrapbook paper, then I printed some silhouettes of animals online. Cut the silhouettes and scrapbook paper out together and then used modge podge to adhere them to the painted canvases. It was a simple enough project, but some of them bubbled a little and I knew it would bother me to look at them daily :). (I may have issues!)

Now, we can’t wait to welcome baby to his new room!

Also, I can’t thank my father-in-law enough for his help in this room – he and a friend put the very large piece of furniture together, screwed it and the bookshelf into the wall so that they wouldn’t topple, hung all my artwork and curtains and put the crib together! So, thank you, Bop! We love you!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bumpdate Weeks 35 & 36

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How far along: 36 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: My scale at home shows 22 and the one at the doctor says 25.  She said theirs weighs heavier ;). I will go with mine!

Maternity Clothes: Maternity and flowy regular shirts

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He has been a little more active at night! I also know exactly where his little foot is and, thankfully, it isn’t under my ribs! He also is RIGHT on my bladder as confirmed by ultrasound this week. This can make things a little precarious at times when I feel like I have to go NOW.

Sleep: I am up 2-4 times a night, but otherwise have been sleeping pretty heavily.

Cravings: Tootsie Rolls

Symptoms: Same as last time – Braxton Hicks (though not as many) and some back pain. I have also had some round ligament pain here and there that is pretty intense.

Looking forward to: Feeling ready. I am not at that stage yet. Not sure I will ever be. I think marking all of the items off my to-do list will help.

Best moments: Loved seeing him at the ultrasound this week. He is measuring at 5 pounds 14 ounces (4 weeks ago it was 4.4). 

We are SUPER close to finishing his room.  Just have curtains to hang and the letters to put on the wall.  (I will disclose his name later this week!  HA….assuming we don’t come up with something else in the meantime!)

Big sister: We have been talking a lot about being a big sister and how she can help with baby brother. We read her big sister books a lot and she is so excited to be a big sister. This helps with the mom guilt of taking away her only child status.

She also wants to hold her baby cousin, Luke, and is very gentle and sweet with him.  I am sure she will love being a tiny mommy (if even only for a short time!)

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween

Emmy dressed up as Ladybug Girl this Halloween and was just darling! She was so excited to tell people she was going to be a ladybug! Also nice is that the costume was super simple. Between my sister and I, we had everything on hand!

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One of the cutest things she did is when I told her we were going to another house to get candy she told me, “I already have some.” Ha!! She does have an inner sweet tooth like her mom. But after one mini-Twix she was ready to call it a day.  Ha! Smile

For those of you looking for some cute books for girls, Emmy loves the Ladybug Girl series. (And there is a Bumblebee Boy series that just came out for boys!)

Hope you all had a great Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Emmy’s 2nd Birthday Party

For Emmy’s birthday this year, we did it at a local pumpkin patch. My friend Sarah told me about it and I thought it was a great idea! The kids all had a blast and got to ride horses, camels and feed the animals. Emmy surprised me by riding the horses four times! She loved it! We hired Lindsay McDaniel to document the event and I am so glad we did! We killed two birds with one stone by getting her two year pictures and party pics all in one day! We love you, Lindsay!


She really had the best day! We were at the pumpkin patch from 9:30 – 1:30 and she wanted to stay longer! Sweet girl keeps talking about her birthday, too! I think she thinks she gets more than one a year! Happy birthday, precious girl!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bumpdate Weeks 33 & 34

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How far along: 34 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: I am going with 22. My home scale shows I am up 20 and the one at the doctor shows 24, so I will meet in the middle on this one.

Maternity Clothes: Maternity and dresses one size up.

Gender: Boy!

Movement: Same as last week. He definitely has times of day where he is most alert, but is still way more chill then Emmy.

Sleep: I wake up between 1-4 times a night to go to the bathroom. Some insomnia, some nights where I wake up excited that I slept 4 straight hours. Ha!

Cravings: Tootsie Rolls

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions, back pain after a walk, but overall have felt fine!

Looking forward to: Getting his room set up. My mom has painted several furniture pieces for him, my father-in-law and friend put everything together, my mother-in-law helped with some bedding things, so it has been a labor of love around here. However, my mom and I began to sort things and I got overwhelmed and had to quit. Ha! We have some books from his shower on the shelf and some pictures hung, but I decided to start small and just begin washing things and putting those away instead of tackling all the clothes I have bought him and hand-me-downs all at once.

Best moments: Loved celebrating baby boy with the book shower! Also, my friends came in town from Houston and OKC and it was amazing because we stayed one night in a hotel!!! I highly recommend this for some down time. We were in our pjs watching girly shows by 8 p.m. Heaven! (My 21 year-old self would think I am ultra lame!)

Also, my sister-in-law had her baby today, so I am super excited for our little guys to be close friends (whether they want to or not Winking smile).

Big sister: When we asked her recently what she wanted to do with baby brother she said she wanted to kiss him and cuddle him! Heart-melter! My niece, Abby, who is five months old is currently in town and Emmy has been loving on her with lots of helping, hugging, holding and kissing. She has been fine with me holding her, so I hope that this translates to baby brother.  Ha!

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