Monday, June 30, 2014

30!

This past Thursday was my birthday and I turned the big 3-0!  I had planned for the day of my actual birthday to just be really relaxing and go really smoothly.  Little did I know, all of my plans would change throughout the day.  I wanted Krispy Kreme and due to a parking lot melt down leaving the grocery store, we went home instead.  I wanted to go to the pool and grey clouds ruined that idea.  I went to pick up my dress from alterations that I bought for dinner that night only to find out that at almost 2 hours after the pick up time, it had not yet been started on.  Finally, I just decided to put Lo down for a nap and finish my birthday cake.  That's when my sister walked in the door to surprise me with some beautiful flowers!!!  It totally turned my day of doing nothing into running around with Kel, which was much needed.
Tulips always brighten the day!

Loyal and I went to dinner with friends (sans baby) and had such a great time!  It's nice to get dressed up every once in awhile for a night out like the old days. (The dress ended up working out, fyi).  It's funny how things end up sometimes.  I remember 2 years ago saying that I wanted to do something really fun for my 30th, like go to Vegas with all my friends or something.  That was definitely out of the question now that I'm pregnant.  And not to mention, after one night of staying up until 1 a.m. and I could barely make it out of bed the next day!  Anyway, a nice low-key dinner was just perfect.

The next morning I was still a little bummed about the donuts and feeling hungover from lack of sleep, me and the babe went straight to Waffle House.  For some reason I had been craving a waffle so bad and this one really hit the spot, I'm not even going to lie!

I continued my birthday celebration throughout the entire weekend because you only turn 30 once.  I had cake and ice cream every night.  An ice cream cone for lunch.  Popsicles.  Ice cream cookie sandwich.  You name it.
Now that it's Monday, I woke up in a slight panic.  Party's over and reality has set in.  I just turned 30 and I'm half way through my pregnancy.  I haven't worked out at all so I hit the gym first thing this morning.  I was feeling good and really motivated.  I got about 8 minutes in on the elliptical when the nursery called.  Poor little Lo was hysterical. :(  It kinda broke my heart a little so I will instead be searching Pinterest for at home work outs to pin but not actually doing them because you know, that's basically the same.
Cheers to 30!       
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Friday, June 20, 2014

21 Weeks

This morning I had my big 20 week appointment.  We did an ultrasound to basically take a ton of measurements and check a million things.  It was confirmed that we still have a boy, which is good considering I've been buying clothes already.  Lets just say that he is very proud to be a boy because he sure was showing it off this morning, just like Lo did at his ultrasound.  Everything measured right on track and there was nothing to be alarmed about.  So, good news there.  We saw that he has 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 hands and 2 feet.  He was moving around a little bit which is always cute to watch on the screen.  It really makes it feel more real.  I have been feeling him move so much lately.  I can feel movements now rather than just little kicks and pokes.  Last night it seemed like I felt him turn around in my stomach.  I also think that I've seen my belly move a little when he's kicked me a couple of times!   

Glucose:
So this morning I had my first glucose test.  Annnnnd, I PASSED!!!  I had a feeling I would but I would be lying if I said that failing wasn't in the back of my mind.  I'm not getting too excited just yet because I still have to test again at 28 weeks, which is when you normally test.  At least I can have a few sweets until then.

Weight Gain:
So far I have gained 12 pounds.  I had gained 12 by my 24 week appt with Lo.  What is interested though is that I still weigh less than I did when I was pregnant with him.  What is also weird is that even though I have gained weight slightly faster this time, I feel smaller now than during the last pregnancy.  I have felt this way since the very beginning too.  I could still button my pants for a lot longer this time around.  Anyway, should be interesting to see how things continue.  I bet everything will even out to be the same by the end.
This was at 19 weeks

Maternity Clothes:
I have like I have started to show much more in the last couple of weeks.  My belly is definitely starting to pop.  It goes back down in the morning but by the end of the day, it's right back out there.  I have been wearing a lot more maternity clothes this time around.  What was nice about last time is that I could wear leggings and flowy tops since the majority of my pregnancy was over winter.  This time I had no choice but to invest in some shorts and pants.  I must say, they are very comfy.  I just bought some skinny jeans from H&M this morning and they are pretty awesome!  I definitely recommend them, especially for girls with skinny legs.  The material is really soft too.

While we are on the subject of clothes, I recently bought my first ever one-piece!  I was kind of dreading it since I usually wear bikinis.  We are going on a family vaca this summer so I figured I might feel more comfortable in a one-piece and much to my surprise, I really didn't mind it.  Once I got home and showed Loyal (who really liked it by the way) it really started to grow on me so now I kinda love it!  I ended up going back and buying a second one and I might even wear them post baby.  (I mean, not to Miami or anything.  Let's be serious.)

Cravings:
This time around I have really taken a liking to spicy foods.  It's crazy.  I have never minded spicy foods before and have always loved salsa but now I'm adding crushed red pepper when I cook and eating scoopfuls of jalapenos with my cheese dip.  Who am I??  I craved crunchy Cheetos with Lo and now I would die for the flaming hot ones.  I can't even walk down the chip isle or I will buy them and probably eat the whole bag.  It's best that I avoid that disaster at all costs.  I've also been craving Starbucks, which I have finally gotten under control.  It was really getting out of hand and honestly, I can't even remember when I had one last.  Thank goodness.

Baby Purchases:
About a month or 2 ago, I noticed that the double stroller we wanted went on sale so I went ahead and ordered it.  We really loved our Britax B-Agile Travel System and since we will be using our Britax B-Safe car seat for the new babe, we went with the Britax B-Agile double.  I was a little worried about how wide it is at first.  I read some blogs from people how have it and one said she did a trip to NYC and Disney and didn't have a problem at all.  I guess we'll see how it goes.  That brings me to my next purchase.  We went ahead and upgraded to a bigger car for me.  Well, technically it's "the family car" but it's mine. :)  Anyway, I got a Ford Explorer and it's pretty awesome!  We were in the market for an SUV but weren't familiar with what was out there and this one really took us by surprise.  I didn't even know that Ford had redesigned them but man, once I saw it in white, I knew it was for me!  It has 3 rows, which was one of our must-haves.  It drives great, has features that are great for people with kids and tons of room in the back!  Big plus, especially with that big double stroller!
The only disadvantage so far is that Lo's car seat didn't work in the middle.  I hated that at first but then realized that I'll be moving him to the window in just a couple months.  The advantage is that the infant seat still fits in the middle with Lo beside him!  That was reassuring.  Gotta protect those babies!
The bump is starting to grow!



   
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer days at the pool

Today was one of those days that truly felt like summer.  We usually run errands in between Lo's naps but today I didn't feel like going anywhere so I figured a trip to the pool would be fun!  I cut up the watermelon that I ended up with yesterday.  It was so red and sweet and juicy, thank goodness for that situation!  Anyway, we had a great time at the pool and I was actually able to get a little sun while we were there.  We have a little baby pool that is super shallow.  Fortunately I figured out how to strategically lay there so that I could get some sun while staying right next to Lo just in case he decided to face plant into the water.  To bad I had to get up and rescue toys from the drain a million times.  Gone are the days of sunbathing with nothing to worry about except what music you are going to listen to and when your next dip in the pool is going to be.  Any chance I'll be able to still lay out when I have to littles to chase after?  Doubt it.
I mean, how cute is this sticky little face!  
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Missing Dallas

When Loyal and I lived in Dallas, there was a grocery store right by our apartment.  I went there quite often.  It was so convenient and not to mention, it was really awesome.  It was very comparable to Fresh Market or Whole Foods.  They always had the freshest fruits and veggies, a well stocked meat section and an incredible section of nuts and snacks.  I always got the BBQ corn nuts and Salt & Vinegar almonds, which I haven't had since we left.  So in one of the Sunday's paper that I got a couple of weeks ago, I came across an ad from Sprouts!  They were having a grand opening of their very first store here in Georgia!!!  I told Loyal I would be there opening day and I sure was.
This is one of the things that I love about this store.  I hated buying a spice, season or herb that I only needed for one recipe.  Here you can scoop out how ever much you need and buy it based on weight!  So awesome.
This boy got a pretzel sample and a balloon and was super happy about it!

The store was beautiful!  And PACKED!  The parking lot was slammed so I figured that I would park waaaayy in the back since I knew I wasn't getting much.  I got what I needed, sadly they didn't have BBQ corn nuts, and got in the crazy long check out line.  It was hot in there and I was getting pretty thirsty.  Luckily, the lady behind me asked me to watch her cart while she ran to grab a water.  Yes!  Would you mind getting me one too? Thanks sooo much!!!  So she comes back...carrying two WATERMELONS.  I thought she said water.  Uhhh, thanks.  So there I was juggling a baby, a huge baby bag, my groceries and a damn watermelon all the way across the parking lot.

Being there today brought back a flood of memories from Dallas.  The 5 months that I lived there with Loyal was probably the best 5 months that we've spent together, or at least pre-baby.  We've missed Dallas every day since we left.  It's something that we talk about and reminisce all the time.

I will never forget that first time I flew out to visit him.  Looking out my window at the very different landscape of Texas, I got so giddy knowing that I was about to see him after 5 very long weeks.  It was the same feeling every time I flew to see him throughout the year that we lived apart.  The butterflies that had become a thing of the past became familiar again.  I remember the day I was finally there for good.  No more flying back and forth.  No more missing each other like crazy.  Him, me and the pups were finally reunited.

That summer was amazing.  We honestly had a blast.  Everything just felt so carefree after the stress of living apart for a year.  We grilled out, drank beer, ate Mexican food 3 times a week, had too many margaritas, spent too much money shopping, went to In-N-Out on the regular, had some amazing Texas BBQ and stuffed ourselves full of the most delicious pizza on a weekly basis.  What I wouldn't give to have one of those pizzas right now.  Good times we had out there.  And now we begin our second summer since that one in Dallas.  Man, how time flies.  I have to admit, every time the weather starts to warm up and the sun starts shinning brighter, I get a little homesick for Dallas.  There was just something about that summer that will always hold a place in my heart.
We will meet again some day Dallas, believe me.
         
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day

Our Father's Day was pretty amazing.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from yesterday.  Not one single one.  Sometimes Loyal likes to "enjoy the moment without a million pictures."  So I figured I would let him have his day without being super annoying which means that this recap is going to be a verbal one.

We try to sleep in on Sunday's.  Now when I say sleep in, I mean not getting out of bed until 7:30 opposed to the usual 6:45 when Lo wakes up.  Miraculously, Lo slept until 7:30 yesterday morning!  When I opened my eyes at 7, I was SHOCKED to realize that I was the first one up.  I let Loyal sleep and as soon as Lo opened his eyes I very quietly snuck upstairs and got him.  I grabbed our Father's Day present on the way and we surprised Loyal with the best wake up ever.  He told me later on that waking up to that sweet little face smiling right beside him on Father's Day was pretty amazing.  We gave him his gifts and his card.  I introduced Lo to crayons this week and showed him how to color so that he could write his own little message in Daddy's card. :)

We went out to breakfast and stuffed all of our belly's full of eggs, fruit and pancakes.  We got home right in time for Lo's nap and per Loyal's request, he took a nap too.  That was the one thing he wanted to do on Father's Day and let me tell you, he slept for 2 hours!  It was so well deserved.  He usually gets up at 4:30 for work and most days he works 15 hour days.  I wanted to make sure he had the best and most relaxing day he could have and he sure did!
After the boys napped, we went to my Dads house for dinner.  My Dad is quite the master when it comes to cooking meat.  We had some amazing brisket, homemade mac & cheese, corn and salad.  It was so good that none of us had much room for desert but still managed to have 2 pieces of chocolate cake each.  And icecream.  I know my stomach was on the verge of exploding by the time we left!
Needless to say, our Father's Day was nothing short of perfect.  Loyal does so much for our family, for which we are so so thankful.  He really is the best Dad.  He's so hands on and so dedicated to being a good father to his children.  Gosh, we sure do love him so much!!!
Happy Father's Day to my Dad, my step-dad and my hubs.
I got pretty lucky in the dad category. :)

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It was super hot this past Saturday so we decided to pull out one of Lo's birthday presents.  He loved it!  Right now he is really into stirring things.  Anything, really.  So I brought out a wooden kitchen spoon and some shovels.  He sat in there and stirred everything he could!
He had a blast and I got some sun for a little bit.  A perfect summer afternoon which is a win in my book!     
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