Baby M number 2: 37 weeks/4th of July

FULL TERM!  Wahoo!!  I never thought those two words would be uttered from my mouth with respect to my own pregnancy.  But here I am 🙂

First, I hit full term on the 4th, which is pretty fun.  We spent Friday night watching the fireworks at our town’s celebration, and then the 4th at a coworker’s house before we headed home to catch the fireworks on tv.  I mean, two 10:30 pm nights in a row for a 3 year old is a recipe for disaster. But that’s ok – holidays are fun and should result in a major throw off of schedule, right?  I didn’t get a photo of her on the 4th in her super cute patriotic outfit, but here’s the other one from Red, White and Blue day at her school:

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And then our family photo at the fireworks.

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The fireworks were probably one of my favorite memories as a parent so far.  T sat in S’s lap and was just in awe – she’d look back and me and say how beautiful they were.  I’m glad she appreciated them so much!  And the place we went was awesome!  Now that we know what to expect, next year we’ll take picnic stuff and things for her to play with.  Luckily we met up with a friend and her daughter so they could entertain each other.

Now, on to my weekly update.

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How far along? 37 weeks

Baby size: A honey dew, and about 19-20 inches in length and nearly 6.5 lbs

Weight gain: Had a little gain this week, but not much.

Workouts: None.  Walking is even starting to get uncomfortable because she keeps bumping up against a nerve that makes my legs about go out from under me.  No bueno, little girl.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: I really can’t complain about my sleeping.

Gender: Sweet baby girl – confirmed again today

Movement: All the time

Labor signs: Daily BH, becoming crampy.  Progression, maybe?

What I miss: At this point, there’s nothing to miss anymore.  I’m trying to enjoy my last days/weeks.

Symptoms: BH still, the leg issue, cramping.  My BP is still great, my protein rose slightly.  But no cause for concern yet.  At my 37 week appointment this morning, she was measuring behind according to my fundal height, so I had a surprise u/s to make sure she’s good.  She’s measuring just a couple of days behind, but not enough to be concerning.  Estimated weight of 6.5 lbs (obviously can be +/- a pound).  But since everything else is still great, we’re going with it.  I didn’t get checked to see if there was any progression – I didn’t want to be disappointed.  I’ll probably get checked next week.

Nursery/Other prep: I pulled out the pack and play and set it up in our room.  Also pulled out the changing pad and infant inserts for the car seat and washed the head support (that was NASTY!).   I need to get those inserts into the car seat and then that’s ready to go.   Everything else can wait (like the infant inserts for the swing/bouncy chair, and bringing the tub up from the basement, etc.).

Belly button, in or out: Flat, with a little, itty bitty bit poking out.

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: Definitely more irritable – but I’m trying to be better.

Best moment this week: The 4th of July weekend, for sure.  We spent time at the pool, at the park, with friends, and watched the Women’s World Cup Soccer game.  I’m not/wasn’t a soccer player, but it was amazing to watch.  And an incredible way to end a holiday weekend that celebrates our country!

Looking forward to: When this little one decides to make her arrival.  I’m still trying to soak it all up, but the leg pain/discomfort makes it really hard.  Oh, and our new mattress.  That will be really exciting to get later this week!

A Father’s Day look back

When I had T, I was a member of an online mom’s group.  One of the things that was a hot idea was taking photos of our kid (or kiddos, if there were more) holding signs that spelled DAD.  I thought it was adorable and I had to jump on that bandwagon.  In my last post I showed this year’s photo set, the last of our sweet T only.  So of course I got sentimental and started going back through the 4 years I’ve done them.

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2013

 

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2014

 

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2015

 

It’s such a fun way to look back on the years with her (and her soon to be sister) and see how much she grows.

Baby M number 2: Weeks 24 and 25 / Easter

Another two weeks down in pregnancy land – and as the final trimester comes into focus, so has the nesting!  All I want to do is throw away things!  Hopefully I can get to that some this weekend, and get some spinach, arugula, and carrots into the ground.  Oh the homegrown goodness – I can’t wait!

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Top: Old Navy. Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft. Pants: Gap. Bracelet: Zappy Dots. Necklace: Premier Design

 

How far along? 25 weeks
Baby size: According to my Ovia App, a corn on the cob/grapefruit. About 11 inches in length, and pound to a pound a quarter in weight!
Weight gain: Up about 10 lbs from my first appointment.
Workouts: Walking more
Maternity Clothes: Definitely.
Stretch Marks: Nothing additional that I can see.
Sleep: Pretty good, although getting comfortable at the start is getting harder.  But once I’m asleep, I’m asleep.
Gender: Confirmed girl again 🙂
Movement: Yes, and all over!  She’s been rolling and flipping.  At our recent u/s, she was head down and sunny side up.
Food cravings: Still on the sweet stuff. And after a significant weight gain this last month, I need to stop it 🙁
Aversions: None
Labor signs: None
What I miss: Nothing really.
Symptoms: There’s a fine line between full and too full after I eat, and I haven’t quite figured it out yet.  So I have to be extra careful.
Nursery: Still no progress.  Hopefully next weekend we’ll get the room painted while my mom’s in town since I have the color picked out.
Belly button, in or out: In.
Wedding rings, on or off: On
Mood: I have some swings, but it is what it is.
Best moment this week: Easter, and checking in on baby girl.  I’m also excited that my placenta previa has resolved and that she looks perfect on u/s.
Looking forward to: A trip away with S next week!  My mom’s coming in to be with T.  A couple of days away is just what the doctor ordered before we enter the home stretch!

 

Speaking of it having been Easter, we had a great time.  Let me tell you, 3 is a fantastic age for holidays because they seem to understand more of what’s going on.  We had a great time putting things around for her to find across the house, spending the morning with our church family, and the afternoon/evening with our good friends.  That’s the most important thing for holidays – spending it with those you love!

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Tori-ism… Up top gummies

I have a really good daughter.  She listens pretty well, she’s generally well behaved (I mean, come on, she’s 2.5).  And sometimes, the funniest things come out of her mouth.

Like today’s exchange as I leave for work.

My parents are visiting for a few days during their cross-country and back trip.  When they visit, they take care of the morning routine, so that we can get ready. I should also mention that we’re deep in the throws of potty-training – she’s definitely day-trained, and we’re working on nights and #2s.

So when I came down the stairs this morning, Tori and my mom were playing.  Tori, ever so sweetly tells me, “Bye mom!  Have a good day at work!”

Hmm.  That’s not normal.

Turning around to face her Nana, “Now, can I have up top gummies?”  Up top gummies are the little containers of gummy creatures that Scott’s dad brought on a visit when Harry and David were having a sale.  She saw them once and will get one, maybe two occasionally.

Ahhh… there it is.

“Tori, when you go #2 on the potty, then you can have an up top gummy”.

It’s about this time I notice my mom starting to sink into the couch.

“Nana, can I have an up top gummy?”

“Tori,” she turns to me, “when did Nana tell you you could have an up top gummy?”

“I don’t know”, turning away from me because she knows the answer but doesn’t want to say it.

“Tori, when did Nana tell you you could have an up top gummy?”

“I don’t know.”

My mom is a part of the couch.

“Tori, Nana won’t be in trouble.  Just tell me when Nana said you could have an up top gummy”

“When you leave for work.  So, bye momma!”

This girl, and her sweet tooth, kill me.

 

Tori, August

 

To one we bid adieu – Victoria turned two!

Two.  I don’t think time has ever flown by faster.

When it came time to plan for the big day, I took my chance to choose (what will probably be) the last theme I can do without her input.  And I like rhymes.  Zoo, Moo, Boo – super cute ideas but not really my style (although I’ve done and seen some adorable interpretations of these ideas).  Then, I realized adieu rhymes with two, and I ran with it… Paris.

The invitation.

I designed it, with a graphic from Whilst Digital on Etsy.  I went with the country’s colors because almost every inspiration I saw was pink and black – and I wanted to be a bit different.

The details.

In the days leading up to the party, I worked on banners, buntings, mantle decor and layout – I drew it all out to make sure it would all flow with the 15 kiddos that had RSVP’d.  With the new house, I was excited to see how it all could come together.

Guests were greeted with an Eiffel Tower and door wreath to let them know they were in the right spot (hey, our house is new – it’s not on the map yet!).

 

Then – banners and buntings everywhere!  The mantle I switched up to bring in the French Flag again – and it was so easy.  Plain canvases covered in fabric – a 20 minute project and it looked great!

 

My favorite thing to use in party decor right now is the little ball tassel trim.  It’s just so fun and a little different.  I used it last year on the ceiling, for a baby shower, and this year behind her Happy Birthday banner (you can sort of make it out here – the morning light floods the back side of our house, it’s amazing).  Oh – and that tablecloth?  a $5 twin sheet.

 

 

 

I had the cake stand from last year, and I made a quick little cake bunting, and her two sweet little candles.

 

The favors were adorable – red and blue crayons in the shapes of Eiffel Towers, made by Posh Paper Creations, also from Etsy.  I mean, what toddler doesn’t like crayons?!

The activities.

It’s January.  In Colorado.  Who knows what the weather will be.  So I thought up some ideas to keep the kids occupied indoors.  One was covering our living room table in kraft paper (you can see it in the photo with the flag buntings across the room).  I dumped out crayons and let the kids go to town.  Then, it’s easy clean-up and recyclable too.

The other was making a little Paris city where the kids could pull off the pieces and move them around.  I used kraft, but smoother paper would be better, as the tape looses its sticky pretty quickly.  It was cute none-the-less and the kids had fun with it!

My good friend and photographer, Danielle Good, captured most of these images (save for one that I snapped with my cell phone).  She’s started doing videography and captured the party in all of its glory.

Joyeux deuxième anniversaire, ma douce fille!

2013 – In Review

Here I go again, with very little blogging over a very long time.  

What can I say, life happens.
2013 brought a lot of change, all for the better (even if we didn’t know it at the time).
With the new year brought the first birthday of our sweet girl.  
In June, we decided to sell our house and went under contract to build our long-term home.

We moved into an apartment for a few months, and right after, I was laid off from my job.  It was a test of strength for me, as there is such a negative association with it.  But, it was for the best – I had been unhappy for awhile and it was the push I needed to move on.  The time off gave me a chance to spend time with friends I don’t see as often and spend some time on myself (which, as a mom, doesn’t happen very often).  Luckily, I found a new position two months later, and have loved every minute of being back to work.
We watched our house be built, and moved in at the end of November, just in time to celebrate the holidays (I am NOT kidding when I say our Christmas tree was one of the first things unpacked).
We’ve visited friends and family, had friends and family visit us, and enjoyed watching our sweet baby girl grow up.  How is it that she went from this:
to this:

You don’t realize how big they’re getting until you look at pictures.  We are in full blown toddler world, and it’s really fun.  
Thank you 2013 for being a great year.   We know 2014 is going to bring great things – and I’m going to try my darnedest to blog more about them.

Wordless Wednesday: Cotton Candy

Tori attended her first birthday party for a friend from school over the weekend.  It was a balls, balloons and bubbles theme, and it was a gorgeous Colorado fall afternoon.  Her friend’s mom and dad had a cotton candy machine, and she got her first taste.  I, of course, had to capture it.

In summary: April 2013

I just can’t believe it.

April came and went, just like the weekly snowstorms we had.  Yes, that’s right.  Snow.  In April.  Not something I thought I’d be saying.

No, these aren’t from the same storm, but rather the three different snow storms we had.  April 9, April 16, April 23.  Totaling 47.6 inches.  FOR THE MONTH.  Whoa.
One of the big things we did this month was redo our dining room, and I worked on a few other decor things I’ve had on my mind to do for awhile.  Maybe I’ll get to a post on those.  Or I won’t.  We’ll see 🙂

By the way  – can you believe we scored that buffet table from an antique store for $79?   Or that it came in not long before we got there?  It was meant to be.  Same with the chairs (although, they cost a bit more).  It opens up the room so much and gives me a place to stash things.  Also, ignore the mess on the table – I was too excited to share with friends and didn’t care about the mess.
April also was full of fun with T.  From her meeting her shadow (which she did not like), to a new babydoll, to visits with friends, a party at school and exploring new things (which includes mom’s phone, thus the blurry picture in the collage), it was a great month for her.  And while I loved my baby, I do have to say that toddler T is so much fun.  

I’m really looking forward to all of the new, fun things that May, I know, will bring.

15 months

I can’t believe our sweet girl is 15 months!  Time has not yet slowed down, and I have a sneaking suspicion is has no plan to do so.

What’s new around here…

Well, she knows almost all of her body parts.  It is the cutest thing.  We ask her where her eyes or ears or *insert part here* and she can point to it.  Eyes are her favorite.  She loves to stick her finger in them too, which includes putting her finger behind my glasses and poking me.  It’s too cute.
She also knows a ton of animal sounds (thank you Little People Zoo Talkers!).  We’re working on a video where she’s retrieving the animals and telling us what they say too – I’ll be sure to post it when it’s done!

She loves to sit in her chair (hello, $5 Walmart chair and corresponding $5 Walmart table – can you say steal?!) and eat her breakfast or snacks.  She will get her little plate that a wonderful friend sent her for Easter, sign more and run back to move her chair to beside the table.  Her favorite snack is cheese and crackers (girl after my own heart).

She also loves being outside.  Like, screaming when we take her back inside, love.  And, little daredevil, she likes to slide down the slides headfirst.  And the squeals of enjoyment are nonstop.

She also loves taking walks and riding in her little car that her aunt sent her for her birthday.

She loves on baby dolls and stuffed animals, is learning her friends names and knows how to say “Love You”.  Melts my heart.  Every. Time.

So, as you can tell… though she be but little (18 lbs, 9 oz.  29 3/4 tall), she is fierce!

A day in ONEderland

First, I cannot believe it’s been a year since Tori was born.  There’s a Walgreen’s commercial right now that I feel completely captures how fast I felt the year went – 30 seconds!

To celebrate the milestone of one year old, and look forward to the next, what I have no doubt will be, wonderful year, I planned a time where all of our friends and family could get together.  Through the next few posts, I’ll showcase a different vendor or design idea.  But first, I want to give a sampling of fun pictures, taken by the wonderful Meghan at Meghan Scott Molin Photography (website, Facebook).  Meghan’s based out of Ft. Collins, Colorado and has done some wonderful pictures for us in the past, so I didn’t hesitate when I thought of who I would get to capture the day (because, let’s be honest here… I didn’t want to have to worry about hosting AND taking pictures!).