Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks

This was a scheduled post from way back when that obviously didn't post like it was suppose to, so I'm going to go ahead and publish it...

Lance and I found out we were expecting baby #2 back in September.  We are so excited, but I was a bit let down when I found out my due date was a couple weeks later than I had suspected.  We will be welcoming our new bundle of joy on or around May 21, 2012! Our daughter, Teagan, will be a BIG sister, and we are so freaking excited!!  Tuesday's will be my weekly update post, and I am going to try to accompany them with a pregnancy vlog for my YT channel :)

How far along? 16 weeks, 1 day...168 days to go!
Size of the babe? An avocado
Weight Gain: 6 pounds--up to 158.  After all of the crap this baby has had me eating the past 16 weeks, I thought it would have been a much bigger gain!
Cravings: My cravings for cheeseburgers, Qdoba, pizza, and every other non-healthy food, have FINALLY subsided and I'm now back to eating healthy and at my normal times.
Symptoms:  Pretty much every other terrible symptom that I experienced in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy: nauseousness, absurd food cravings, tiredness and laziness are GONE! I still can't brush my tongue without gagging myself.  I'm finally over my 3:00 slumps of where I couldn't even keep my eyes open at work! 
Movement: I thought I felt a little flutter earlier this week, but maybe that was just wishful hoping...
Baby to-do list: There are lots of things I would like to get done to prep for baby, but the first on our list is going to be getting Teagan into her big girl bed so that we can start putting together the nursery.  I'm thinking during the Christmas break when I'll be off for 15 days!
Maternity Clothes: I'm fitting into my size 10 and 12 jeans without any problem.  My size 8 dress pants are all too snug, but I can't freaking find where I put my size 10 pants!  I've seriously made myself crazy looking through every single tote that I've lugged out into the garage.  So, yes, I am loving my new favorite Old Navy full front maternity dress pants.  I have them in khaki and black, but I need to get a couple more pairs! 
Baby Buys: Since we will not be finding out the gender of this baby, it is so stinking hard to buy clothes, blankets, everything really!  These days I swear they do not make anything gender neutral.  You get either blue or pink accents into EVERYTHING!  ugh!  
Gender/Baby Names: My husband and I are going to try like heck to NOT find out the gender!  I think it's a boy though! We have a couple names picked out, but not ready to reveal them just yet...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting Monday!

Today is that day that I am getting back into this here blog!  I will no longer be uninspired and lazy too busy to not fulfill at least a weekly post.  I'm starting off this new habit by linking up w. Dana at Real Life, Real Estate, Real Dana and doing an 'Oh, How Pinteresting Monday!'

By the way, still OBSESSED with this website! I even have my Memaw loving it! I've mostly been into recipes and meal planning ideas, but here are some of my favorites:

Butterfly Snack!
Snack idea for Teagie to take to day care

Signs, signs
would love to have this sign in our new home

Um yeah, I'd stare at myself too.
Post baby #2: I will have this body by next winter! 
so festive and pretty.  I HATE that I pick off my nail polish.
new years?
NYE dress for next year.  Hubs and I WILL go out!
22 best exercises for a great back side
Candy Cane Kisses
Work Christmas Party!
Autumn chopped salad - pears, cranberries, feta, bacon and chicken. This looks awesome.
Weeknight dinner :)
I made these this weekend, and they are AMAZING!!
baked southwest eggrolls
on the menu this week!
Mmmmm. Spinach and feta quesadillas
Tonight's dinner w. Tomato Bisque soup
love this deck
DREAM deck!
Obsessed with this gray & white exterior.
House building plans inspiration!
Cute shot
Lance and I are doing this this winter!
laundry room idea
DREAM laundry space
Meal Planning - have ingredients for each meal for the week. Grab a bin and start cooking!
New home: extra cupboard space for meal planning.
Favorite kitchen!
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip....yum!
next Pinterest inspired dessert...
That's all for now.  There are seriously so many amazing things to be found on Pinterest, and it is an illness that I have acquired. I literally drain the battery on my phone every day exploring the site!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Early Symptoms

So, hubs and I have told NO ONE.  That's right. No.one! about what I am about to reveal on this little blog.  Thankfully, no one is interested enough I don't have many followers at the moment ;)  So, here I am telling the absolute biggest secret of all time to the virtual world!

I've taken two pregnancy tests which have both revealed a big fat POSITIVE.  OK, so one was a cheapo Family Dollar version, and I couldn't really tell if the positive in the window was accurate or if my pee had just made the colors run to show a positive test.  That was, until, hubs and I got all kinds of excited, celebrated with my favorite dinner (PIZZA HUT!), and stopped at Rite-Aid for some ClearBlue digital tests.  $15 dollars later, and we can finally put our doubts with the cheapo test to bed.

I'm freaking PREGGO!!!  We are soooooo beyond excited!  My first appointment is October 11, 2011 at 9:30AM and we'll be confirming that an itty bitty is on the way!!  Thinking we'll be celebrating bundle of joy in mid-May 2012.

So here are some early symptoms I've been experiencing:
-I'm freaking tired.
-Sensitive gums & teeth.
-I'm hungry. always.
-My face is broken out.
-I have a headache from he double l!  right on the top of my head.
-I can't remember the last time I slept through the night. Oh wait, yeah, I can, it was about 2 months ago.  pre-pregs
-Cravings:  hot sauce!  Pizza and chocolate.
-I have a mother's intuition that we're having a strong, healthy baby BOY!
-I'm freaking tired!
I can't wait to share this news with our family and friends and to start growing a baby bump.  I'm going through this pregnancy in style!  I have a  little maternity stash from Old Navy that I got last summer when they were having a huge online sale!

Monday, September 5, 2011


It's about time I start spending some time with my little blog.  I love reading other blog posts, but more often than not, I'm uninspired to come up with a post myself.  I'm fairly certain that once hubs gets us our iphones next month, I will be a blogging machine.  I just think it's so much more fun to post pics that I take myself, and having to upload them with the digital camera is such a pain in the ass.

That being said, I have a new-found love for a little website called pinterest.com  Love.it. no, seriously, LOVE IT!  Talk about inspiration.  I've already tried a few of the diy ideas, and have been so happy with how they've turned out.  (Again, would love to post pics of my finished products, but it's too much of a hassle!)  Here are some project that I've completed or am in the process of completing for Fall 2011!  
*All photos are courtesy of pinterest.com

Fall decorating.
So cute, easy & festive
toy room project
Such a cute idea to hang T's artwork.
monogrammed pumpkins- use scrapbook paper or fabric scraps + mod podge!!
This year, Hubs, Teag and I are taking a different approach to our usual painted pumpkins!
Ice Cream Bowl baby gift. It includes a couple of onesies, two baby washcloths, a baby spoon, and an ice cream bowl.
I made this for an expecting friend--CUTE!
menu dry erase board
No more menus printed from Excel for us!
What you will need:
white paper with letters printed out OR White paper with alphabet stickers placed on top: 0-$2.00 
2 bags smooth round glass stones- Dollar Tree- $2.00 26 Magnets optional: $3.50- $6.00
 other items
e6000 glue
 mod podge
Can never have too many magnets.
where you met. where you married. where you honeymooned. sweet idea
Project for our bedroom--maps of where we met, where we married, and where we honeymooned!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Weight Watchers

Today at lunch I had to make a quick trip to Wally World.  While I was waiting for my one hour photos to finish, I decided to graze the isles.  While grazing, I whimsically decided that I am going back on Weight Watchers.  About a year ago, I used WW to jump start my weight loss.  I truly believe that WW + running is what started my 20+ pound weight loss in March 2010. 

Although I still have about 15 more pounds to reach my goal weight of 135, my husband and I are currently TTC (trying to conceive).  Until I find out that I'm pregs, I'm going to continue on my WW journey.  In fact, I may continue with WW even while I'm pregs (*of course, not trying to lose weight, but just to remain healthy!)

I found an ahh-mazing lunch and snack today while on my graze--

For 6 measly points, I'm having a delicious, healthy and perfectly portioned meal!
Although my box says Jamaican-style chicken, the picture of this is the EXACT same one! (hmmmm...)
Calories: 300
Fat: 2.5g (rounded up to 3 for WW calculator purposes)
Fiber: 5g
Total Points: 6

For a snack, I'll be indulging in 2 points worth of this:
Calories: 130
Fat: 8g
Fiber: 2g
Total Points: 2

Since I'm allowed to have 22 WW points, I still have 14 points left for dinner.  We're having kind of a bigger dinner tonight which will consist of  mini meat loafs, corn on the cob and green beans--still only 6 points!!  Oh, and I will not be counting veggies or fruit as points.  Although, I think it's ridiculous to count fruits and veggies as points anyway, I've recently found out that WW has made this part of their plan.

After dinner tonight, I'll have 8 points left over, which I'll probably just save for this weekend :) :)

*You get 35 extra points per week to use for indulgences or days that you're over your allotted point intake
150 pound woman:
22 points per day
189 per week


Sunday, July 31, 2011

NIck & Vanessa

Dream Wedding!
OMG!  Have you seen Nick & Vanessa's Dream Wedding on TLC yet?  If not, must.check.out.NOW!  First, let me just say that I have always been a Nick Lachey stalker fan.  He is completely the man of my dreams.  His body type, personality, blue eyes, perfect teeth and lips might have something to do with that.

After watching the special last night, I have a new found love for Vanessa, but I still see Nick and Jessica as a better couple.  He seemed like he was more into JS than he is VM...I'm not sure if it's because Vanessa is so self-sufficient and doesn't need Nick to plan and implement her every move or what...

I love how down to earth Vanessa is.  She seems like a very educated, well-rounded, classy woman, and I really admire that in her.  Her hair is gorgeous, and she seems to have such a fun sense of humor--definitely someone I could see myself hanging with!

what a fun couple!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lots of Firsts and Family Fun: Summer 2011

It's already the end of July, which means that there are only a couple more months left of this beautiful sunshine and hott weather!  We've been busy and only seem to be staying home on the weekends that hubs has to work.  So far, we've had lots of family fun!
T watched her first baseball Loon's Baseball Game--she loved it!
T discovered her new love of corn on the cob and baked beans!
We celebrated Father's Day with Gramps at the baseball game!
I baked my first homemade apple pie
T had her first set of rollers in her hair!
We've done LOTS of golfing! (This is our first time out this year)
Lance and I went to our first concert:  Eric Church & Toby Keith
Our first July 4th together as a family!
Our 2nd annual trip to Naubinway, MI 

AND Last, but not least, we've finally updated our family album with some AMAZING family portraits.  
Here are a few...ENJOY :)

Other fun things we've done so far that I'll share pictures of in a separate post include:  Visiting the bear farm in the U.P., vacationing with my sister.in.law., visiting the GC Fair, monthly gatherings with good friends, Tiger's games and so much more <3  Having ourselves a nice.little.summer!