Tuesday, March 21, 2017

30 Weeks

We took this on the day of Emery's birthday party!


How Far Along: 30 weeks and 3 days, It feels kind of crazy to be in the 30s!

Size of Baby: According to The Bump, the baby is about 15.7 inches long and weighs about 2.9 pounds. She's going to grow about half an inch and half a pound every week from here on out.

Gender: It's a girl!! Her name is Sadie and we're still leaning towards "Hope" for her middle name. We honestly haven't talked about her middle name much at all in the last couple of weeks! It's been super busy around here!

Maternity Clothes: YES! And pajama pants and t-shirts when I'm at home! I had to order some spring/summer things because it's getting warm here and all of my maternity clothes are fall and winter. I have to say, I prefer fall and winter maternity clothes...more coverage, please! I know I'll probably be wearing mostly maternity clothes most of the summer as well, since my due date is at the end of May.

Wedding Rings On/Off: On, but I do feel like I've had a little swelling...nothing major in my hands.

Stretch Marks: Maybe a couple of small ones around my belly button. I'm afraid more stretch marks are inevitable. I still have a lot of growing to do! 

Sleep: It's been pretty good again. I think I wake up when I move, but I go right back to sleep.

Cravings/Aversions: Still nothing super specific...I'm just enjoying eating in general. Sweets are a favorite, but that's pretty normal for me! :)

Symptoms: Thankfully, that crazy week-long headache is gone!! I'm still dealing with plugged ears daily, mild heartburn every now and then, and shortness of breath. I always feel out of breath, even if I'm just laying down!! I'm just generally uncomfortable now, too. I feel like I've got a major waddle and getting up and down is just the opposite of graceful! I've also had a little bit of swelling in my feet and legs. I had a *lot* of swelling with Emery...my feet were *so* swollen, so I'm really hoping it doesn't get that bad again!

Movement: She moves a *lot*!! We can see her from the outside a lot now, too, which is fun to watch!

Mood: I'm feeling good! I am starting to think more and more about how things will be different when Sadie gets here, so I'm trying to really soak in my time with Emery!

What I Miss: Moving around easily!!

Looking Forward To: I'm excited to get more done on the nursery. We've been focused on Emery's birthday the last couple of weeks, so we haven't done much at all in Sadie's room. I'm working on finding some nursery letters on Etsy so we can put her name above her crib. It would be a lot easier if I wasn't so indecisive {and picky!}!

Best Moment This Week: We had a doctor's appointment yesterday, and hearing that sweet heartbeat is always a precious moment! Everything looked good, except Sadie and I had a major growth spurt in the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, I was measuring 28 weeks, and this week I was measuring 32 weeks. I also gained 6 pounds in 2 weeks. Wow. I honestly expected it, though. I feel like I've grown so much in the last couple of weeks. Another great moment was Emery's birthday party! It went so well and she had so much fun!! Daniel took the two days after her party off and we did so many fun things to celebrate! She's a little confused, though, because it seems like she's had several birthdays. She asked us, "Am I four yet?" :) She also *loves* the trampoline! Watching her jump on it the first time was so precious. She kept saying, "I love my trampoline! It's so much fun!" You pretty much can't ask for more than that! :)



One of my favorite pictures from her party!! 


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

28 Weeks

What is a yellow turnip??

A milkshake? Quite appropriate considering how many of them I've had lately! :)

How Far Along: 28 weeks, THIRD TRIMESTER!! 

Size of Baby: According to The Bump, the baby is about 14.8 inches long and weighs about 2.2 pounds.

Gender: It's a girl!! Her name is Sadie and we're still leaning towards "Hope" for her middle name.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, most everything! Although both the shirts in the pictures above aren't maternity, but I bought them specifically because they'd work while I was pregnant. It will be nice to get to wear them again next fall/winter!

Wedding Rings On/Off: On, but I do feel like I've had a little swelling.

Stretch Marks: I feel like I maybe spotted a couple around my belly button. I'm hoping I was wrong! 

Sleep: Very hit or miss right now. I woke up the other night at 3:30 and could *not* fall back to sleep. I also wake up several times a night because I'm getting a little less comfortable.

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing really specific. I'm still just really enjoying everything! I've had lots of frappuccinos from Starbucks!

Symptoms: Everything is pretty much the same since last time, but I've added a pretty much constant headache. It started last Sunday and I've had it every day since. I've tried Tylenol and caffeine which doesn't really do anything. I finally tried Sudafed PE yesterday and that is the only thing that helps even a little bit! Hoping it goes away for good very soon because I don't like taking much medicine.

Movement: Still lots and lots of kicks and wiggles, and they're getting stronger!

Mood: I'm feeling pretty good and happy, but I do get overwhelmed a little bit when I think of everything that has to be done and how much life is going to change in just a few short months.

What I Miss: Moving around easily and no headaches!

Looking Forward To: Emery's birthday! Even though it's so bittersweet that she'll be 3 (!!), she is so excited about her birthday and it makes it so much fun! We have lots of fun plans for the next several days and we are so excited to give her her big birthday present...a trampoline! She is going to love it so much!

She has no idea what it is yet, but loved dancing around inside the big circle!

Helping put some screws in...

Best Moment This Week: 
My parents came over last weekend and helped us get Sadie's room ready and paint the playroom! We got so much done thanks to all their help!! I am loving how Sadie's room is turning out so far. The paint color and the chandelier is just perfect. We also went shopping the next day and got a rocking chair for her room, which just so happens to also be a recliner. That will be *so* nice! 




The new color in the play room!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

26 Weeks





How Far Along: 26 weeks and 3 days

Size of Baby: According to The Bump, the baby is about 14 inches long and weighs about 1.7 pounds.

Gender: It's a girl!! Her name is Sadie and we're leaning towards "Hope" for her middle name.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely! I ordered a few springy things this past week since our weather is warming up. I'm ready for a little more variety! And flip flops!! Boots are becoming *very* challenging to get on!

Wedding Rings On/Off: On

Stretch Marks: No new ones yet. I'm loving the Mama Bee Belly Butter by Burt's Bees. I'll probably keep using it even after she's born. It makes my skin so soft!

Sleep: I'm still sleeping pretty well! I might wake up a few times a night when I move, but I usually go right back to sleep. I'm thankful for that!

Cravings/Aversions: I really can't think of anything specific that I've been craving (other than maybe a steak). I'm just *really* enjoying *all* the foods!! I'm living it up these last few months of guilt-free eating!

Symptoms: I'm still *very* uncomfortable. I'm having lots of lower back pain and ligament pain. I'm feeling like a lumbering elephant as I explained it to Daniel. I'm on the floor playing with Emery a lot, so getting up and down off the floor is anything but graceful.  Still dealing with the super annoying plugged ears and I've started to get mild heartburn a few times a day. I know it could all be a lot worse, though, so I'm definitely not complaining!

Movement: She moves all the time! I love it!

Mood: I'm feeling a little more steady with my emotions lately, so that's really nice. I hate feeling overly emotional!

What I Miss: I'm really ready for a big steak from Ruth's Chris! We already have plans to go for our anniversary in June!

Looking Forward To: Painting the nursery! We're planning to get that done this week!

Best Moment This Week: My mom, Emery, and I went to pick out a paint color this week and did a little shopping, too. We picked a really, really light lavender and put a little on the wall and I think we're going to love it! We also found a few things for the nursery at Home Goods so that was fun! One of them was a lavender blanket which Emery snuggled with the rest of the day! She loves snuggling with anything cozy! 


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

23 Weeks




How Far Along: 23 weeks and 3 days

Size of Baby: According to The Bump, the baby is about 11.4 inches long and weighs about 1.1 pound. We're finally measuring in pounds instead of just ounces!

Gender: It's a girl!! Her name is Sadie! Still working on a middle name...

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes. But my favorite things to wear are pajama pants, big t-shirts, and maternity leggings.

Wedding Rings On/Off: On

Stretch Marks: No new ones yet

Sleep: After a couple of weeks of not sleeping great, I'm sleeping much better. Some nights it takes me a little while to fall asleep, but not a few hours like I was dealing with before. I'm not really waking up super early right now, either, so I'm really thankful for that!

Cravings/Aversions: I don't know if these are technically cravings, but I'll see something random at the grocery store and just really want it. I've made Rice Krispies Treats a few times and I also bought some Raisinets at Publix because they were on sale. They were so good that I bought a 36 ounce bag of them at Walmart the next time I went. 

Symptoms: I'm starting to get more and more uncomfortable, unfortunately. I feel like I have some joints out of place in my lower back which is painful a lot of the time. I've also been having some ligament pain, but it's not too bad unless I stand up too fast. I'm *still* getting plugged ears multiple times every single day, which is super annoying. Whenever it happens, I can hear myself breathing and it drives me nuts.

Movement: She has started to kick all the time! I still feel her the most when I'm laying down, but I feel little kicks all throughout the day now, too. Daniel felt her for the first time a little over a week ago.

Mood: I'm still feeling happy most of the time, with a little guilt mixed in because I feel like I'm not doing enough with Emery because I'm more tired and uncomfortable.

What I Miss: Moving around easily! I feel like I've already got the waddle going on!

Looking Forward To: Working on the nursery! I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also dreading it just a tiny bit because I'm super indecisive and have the hardest time starting projects!

Best Moment This Week: Daniel put together Sadie's crib! Emery was super excited about it and wanted to "help" as much as possible. I think she would have played with the screws and screwdriver for hours! She kept saying "I'm working on this right now." 




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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Christmas 2016

Well, it's over halfway through January and I'm just getting around to posting about our Christmas. Maybe one of these days I'll get caught up on all the things that happened in 2016 {Hawaii, two little beach trips, a trip to the aquarium, etc...}!

This Christmas was a good one! We said several times that we felt like Emery was just at the perfect age! She understood so much more and really got into all of the fun stuff we did! We decorate early and she was so, so excited about it! She even put some ornaments on the tree!


We had a nice day in the middle of November so we went to take our Christmas card pictures. I loved how they turned out!


We went to the Christmas tree lighting at the Summit and Emery *loved* the giant Christmas tree!! We had to walk and drive by it several times.




We finished our Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving and put a Christmas tree in Emery's room. To say she loved it would be an understatement. She said "good morning" and "good night" to it every day and even gave it hugs and kisses! I think it's safe to say she loves Christmas just as much as I do! We had her Christmas lights connected to a little button and ended up having to move the cord because she pulled it up into her bed one night and kept turning her tree on and off! 


We baked lots of Christmas goodies, too! She loves to bake and always wants to help in the kitchen!



We did some fun crafts, too! Anything with glue is a big hit!


Emery has also gotten really into coloring lately! I printed off some Christmas coloring pages from Pinterest and she loved it! She's getting pretty good, too. She colored the baby Jesus and the sheep in the bottom left of this picture.


Emery got to see Santa for the first time this season with Vanna! Emery is super shy around people {I cringe when people talk to her in places like the grocery store because she usually freaks out}, but she has no fear of any character that's dressed up! She would love Disney World! So, she was a big fan of Santa! She doesn't always get super smiley, but she never hesitated to go and sit on his lap.


She spent some time at my sister's house the night they went to see Santa and had a great time with Vanna's dress up clothes! I adore this picture!!


Our Chick-fil-A had a Santa and cookie decorating night and we went to that with Vanna, too. We picked her up from school, went to Starbucks for a treat and some hot chocolate, and then went to see Santa at Chick-fil-A that night!




We happened to see this Veggie Tales Christmas book at Publix one afternoon and ended up getting it. It was her favorite Christmas bedtime story and we read it so many times! She would always point out Baby Jesus, "Mommy Mary", and "Daddy Joseph".


After reading the book a few times, she started doing this with her blankets and calling herself "Mommy Mary".



Another Santa visit! She was pretty smiley for this one!


Daniel and I celebrated Christmas with our church friends one night at a Tacky Christmas party. That's seriously my favorite Christmas party theme! It never gets old! Emery didn't look tacky at all, though...just cute! This was one of my favorite Christmas outfits of hers!


We had several really cold days, so we made lots of trips for hot chocolate! I learned to take a cup for Emery with us so I could pour some of mine into it. I love how she bundled herself up here. The {backwards} hat plus her hood, which she calls her "shade". And as always, she's riding with several friends. 


Daniel and I made a quick trip to Atlanta to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra to celebrate 8 years of dating.  I'm so thankful for him!


Once Christmas Break started and our nieces were out of school, we had our annual Cookie Baking Day! Emery was all about the rolling!


Using the cookie cutters!




She did a lot of this!


And you can never have enough sprinkles!


She really didn't even eat that many. She just liked to sit and look at them!


We saw Santa again when he drove through our neighborhood! She loved it! Especially the fact that he threw us some candy!


Daniel had a few days off before Christmas {that was so nice!!}, so we went to brunch and then Bass Pro one morning. We had definitely seen Santa plenty of times, but they have so much fun stuff to see and do at Christmas that we wanted to go again. We got there right when they opened and it was already crazy! We rode the carousel *tons* of times! She loved it, but nothing will compare to the first year we took her to Bass Pro!





Checking out the fish...


Had to have a picture with the bear!


Killing a little time on the four wheelers while we waited in line for Santa.


She's never seen a stuffed animal she didn't like!


I love this sweet face!


We finally got to see Santa!


We even got a smile!! 


The next day we decided to make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning and to share with our friends and family. We used Pioneer Woman's recipe and they were good, but I wished they were a little more fluffy. They sure were pretty, though!



That night, we went on our annual Jammy Cocoa Christmas night! {2013 | 2014 | 2015} Vanna got to go with us this year! We had two excited girls!! Emery loved all the Christmas lights this year and was so excited when we were driving around!! It was the cutest!


We got some pizza for dinner first!


Then we were off to get our treats and hot chocolate!


Emery picked a mitten cookie from Panera.


And Vanna got a donut from Starbucks.


For breakfast the next morning, we went to Krispy Kreme for some Christmasy donuts!


That night, we had my family over for a little pre-Christmas party. Emery was so excited to finally get to open a couple of presents. She'd been singing "It's very, very, very hard to wait" {from Daniel Tiger} for weeks about the presents that were under the tree.

Bob and Larry were a big hit!! One of them usually goes everywhere with us...usually Larry!


She loved the dress up clothes from Nana and Poppa, too. She almost always has one dress up thing on!


And this cute cat and mouse flip-a-zoo from Aunt Allie, Uncle DJ, and Vanna is so sweet. She figured out how to flip it super fast!


The next morning was Christmas Eve! Possibly my favorite day of the year!


We did her new puzzle from Nana and Poppa and she was so excited about it!


And then we started a new tradition this year...we made a birthday cake for Jesus {in a dress up outfit, of course}.


She helped bake and decorate the whole thing!


That afternoon was the Christmas Eve service at church. I love this service! Emery even held a candle at the end...with my help, of course. She tried blowing it out, but she just did the "f" sound. 



We took a few pictures by the Christmas tree at church and then headed home for Christmas PJs and one present before bedtime!




She *loves* her drum! And so far it hasn't driven us crazy. 



Once she was in bed, we got to work setting everything up for the morning. This part is so fun!




Emery loved opening presents and gasped every time she opened one...even if it was an Amazon box! 


Digging for the last present...



She loves to be cozy so the robe was a hit!


She wore it to open a few more presents. This one was a Mr. Potato Head set and she calls it "head atato". 


Trying to say "cheese" but not wanting to take her eyes off her stocking. 


Loving her cozy kitty sleeping bag, too!


Since Christmas was on a Sunday this year, we went to church and then headed back home for a nap and to play some more!




Nana and Poppa came over for dinner that night and we had our "Happy Birthday, Jesus" cake for dessert! Emery had been asking all day, "Is it cake time yet?" She put the candles in, blew them out {sort of}, and we sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus!


I forgot to take a picture of the finished cake until right before we cut it! I got the decorating idea from Pinterest.


The next day we had our last Christmas celebration with our entire family and I only took two pictures! Love this one of Emery in the t-shirt we got from the Dirty Santa gift exchange. 



And my nieces taught me how to use Snapchat! {I'm old...} Emery loves it and calls it "chapstack". 



It was a whirlwind there for several weeks, but we had so much fun together! 


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