5 on Friday

I'm linking up with the 5 on Friday crew today! I'm looking forward to a very special Easter weekend with my family. I love the reminder Easter … [Continue Reading]

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Changing Table Organization

I haven't quite finished the nursery. Allen painted the monogram for above the changing table last night, I ordered a rug yesterday (nothing like … [Continue Reading]

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37 weeks

How Far Along: 37 weeks, I feel like these post are a little deceiving, I'll actually be 38 weeks tomorrow, and because I'm having a repeat csection, … [Continue Reading]

37weeks

celebrating braylen, zoo style

We had a big weekend celebrating BK's fourth birthday. When I looked ahead to her birthday, I saw that I had penciled in a "37" on the Thursday … [Continue Reading]

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today, you are four

**this post should have went live yesterday, but in all the haste of  the birthday, I never even checked to see if posted. I'll have a birthday party … [Continue Reading]

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5 on Friday

I’m linking up with the 5 on Friday crew today! I’m looking forward to a very special Easter weekend with my family. I love the reminder Easter weekend brings, and I am thankful for the ultimate sacrifice each and every day, but it’s nice to take a weekend to celebrate the resurrection. I hope you all have a weekend filled with love and appreciation, and surrounded by your precious families, too.

ONE: Maternity Leave- My maternity leave started a bit early. Apparently Fifth Disease is going around at my school, at my appointment on Wednesday I mentioned it to my doctor who went ahead and ran a few tests, just to be safe. Turns out, I’ve never had Fifth Disease, which makes it slightly more risky. Instead of starting my maternity leave on Monday, I started it on Wednesday. I did take care of a few last minute things at school, but as of Thursday morning, I’m officially home for the rest of the school year. It’s crazy and surreal and bittersweet all at the same time.
TWO: Dance!- Last night, BK had dance photos taken. She dressed in her adorable tap costume, and oh my goodness, it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. She has a recital in early June and I can’t wait to see her little class dance. Honestly, I wasn’t so sure she loved dance in the beginning. She was always willing to get ready and go, but she mainly just wanted to see her friends. After Christmas, she suddenly became more interested. I catch her practicing her dance in front of the mirror in my closet and it makes me smile. Thursday nights have quickly become her favorite nights of the week. There’s an even more adorable pink panther costume that I’m kicking myself for not changing her into, but at 38 weeks pregnant, in a hot and crowded studio, I waved the white flag. One costume is enough!

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THREE: Birthday Parties- Speaking of dance, Braylen and Sophie have become great friends while taking dance together. Their birthdays are only one day apart and we celebrated them on the same day. It was big fun as we hopped from one party to the next. Sophie’s party was at the dance studio and it was adorable. The girls had so much fun! 

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FOUR: Sixth Sense?- I almost feel like BK has a sixth sense about this new baby thing. Like she knows it’s somehow going to change life as she knows it, and it will, but it’s so strange to me that she has been acting so differently lately. I can’t get far away from her, she is extremely clingy and so very loving. Honestly? I love it. I spend extra time in her bed each night after our bedtime routine and prayers, and I’m sure to stop whatever I’m doing and soak it all in. I’m over the moon excited about adding another baby to the mix, but I don’t want to ever forget these special moments with her as our only baby. 

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Nesting! Nesting is a real thing, y’all! I wanted to clean out the attic at 9:30 on Sunday night. Thankfully, my husband has a little more sense than me, took one good look at my feet and cancelled those attic cleaning plans. So, I spent the evening writing thank-you notes, because is there ever really time to sit down? Not at 38 weeks pregnant, that’s for sure. I can officially say the diaper bag is packed, the nursery is almost ready, and my bags are as packed as they can be, aside from all things that can’t be packed until the day of delivery.

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Changing Table Organization

I haven’t quite finished the nursery. Allen painted the monogram for above the changing table last night, I ordered a rug yesterday (nothing like waiting until the last minute), and I’ll still need to order a canvas for a big blank spot above the chest once we have newborn photos taken.

There has been huge progress, we just aren’t to the completed stage just yet. One thing that is complete and ready to go is the changing table.

I asked Allen to make a few organizers for the drawers, quickly sketched what I wanted them to look like, and he came back with this.

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You can make your own drawer organizer for any drawer using this tutorial. 

In the first drawer, I stashed all of the lotions, diaper rash creams, and anything essential for maintaining that baby soft skin. The second drawer includes all things grooming related, nail files and hair brushes and extra diapers stashed in the back. The third drawer is perfect for paci’s, nasal aspirators, socks and mittens. Everything that I might need is right at my fingertips, and there is even room to store extra things.

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I ordered storage baskets for the bottom shelves from Pottery Barn Kids, they turned out to be a great fit for the changing table and a welcome addition for storing other useful baby items. In the bigger baskets I added swaddle blankets, hooded towels, and bibs and burp cloths.

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The two smaller baskets store extra crib sheets and swaddles and sleep sacks.

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I can’t tell you what a relief it is to have this little area organized. It’s one more thing I can check off my to-do list and won’t have to worry about once the baby arrives.

Now I’m off to pack a diaper bag and clean out Braylen’s closet. Let the nesting continue!

37 weeks

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How Far Along: 37 weeks, I feel like these post are a little deceiving, I’ll actually be 38 weeks tomorrow, and because I’m having a repeat csection, I’m trying to get to 39 and 1 day, instead of 40. So d-day is closer than it appears by the number of weeks in the title of this post!
Size of baby: Baby #2 is the size of a swiss chard.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Somewhere between 35-40 pounds. I’m going to go ahead and call a 40 pound weight gain. Which is insane, I realize. I’ve lost it (plus 10 more) once and with a ton of hard work found myself in much better shape than I was pre-pregnancy (and I was one of those rare people who found with a lot of hard work, I could not only get my body back, but I could get a better body back, many thanks to Pure Barre). So while that number is high, I’m really not ready to stress just yet, it comes off like it goes on, slow and steady.
Maternity Clothes: In the picture above, shirt is from Forever 21 from last summer, navy cardigan from Destination Maternity and my favorite AG skinny jean maternity pants.
Gender: It’s a boy!!
Movement: Yes! He’s still quite the mover, he loves to keep me up at night with his movements.
Sleep: I’m waking up a few times thanks to the lovely leg cramps, then around 3:30 I’m wide awake.
Cravings:  I drink a ton of water, but I’m just not hungry all of the time like I’ve been in previous weeks.
Symptoms: Swollen feet, still! Also, low iron per my last doctors appointment. Also, I’m doing the weekly appointment thing and so far we’ve seen absolutely no progress. Which isn’t too surprising, it makes me think that c-section was a great choice, because we’re in the same situation we were last time.
Best Moment this week:  Celebrating my best girl this weekend for her birthday. We had the best time and I’m actually glad it ended up being so close to the new baby’s arrival. She was able to soak in a ton of attention.

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We had a big weekend celebrating BK’s fourth birthday. When I looked ahead to her birthday, I saw that I had penciled in a “37″ on the Thursday before. Meaning, I would be 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant on the day she would turn 4. I wasn’t sure what we would do, but I was sure that I didn’t want to take on a huge party at the house, even though parties at our house will always be my favorite kind.

In January, we decided on a zoo party and she changed her mind a million times. But, when you’ve already paid a big fat deposit there is no going back. Luckily, she was just fine with that and when things started to come together, and she saw her adorable invitations, she was ecstatic about the zoo party.

Here we are before leaving. I didn’t think we would get a picture of the three of us together (and we didn’t), and this is the best I could do before the party.

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This birthday girl proudly held up four fingers for the photos.

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We started off inside a party room at the zoo, and they didn’t waste any time pulling out the animals. BK wasn’t so sure about the snake, but after she saw all of her friends touch him, she was on board. They also brought out a feret and let’s just say, I don’t think she’ll be asking for one anytime soon.

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We loved celebrating with so many of her sweet friends.

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The best part about the zoo party is that they literally do everything. I only brought safari hats as party favors and the zoo did the rest, from cake to clean up. After cake and ice cream we were first in line for the carousel and the train ride, and then everyone could enjoy the zoo for the rest of the day. She and her friends had the best time, but she was still up for stopping by Chick-fil-a with Brayden on the way back home.

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On Sunday, she woke up to a room full of balloons and a cinnamon roll with four candles and we sang Happy Birthday to the new four year old. She was smiling all morning, and her smile only grew when she saw her net trampoline (she’s been asking for one for months) in the back yard.

We quickly got dressed for church where she was sure to tell everyone that it was her birthday.

After church, we had a little party at our house with family and a few friends. It was small, I didn’t have to do much at all and I fed everyone pizza. Remember how I’m 37 weeks pregnant? Plus, they didn’t seem to mind the pizza. We stayed true to the zoo theme at our little party. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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BK was elated to be sung to a third time.

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And she spent a good bit of time serenading us with the Frozen soundtrack on her new karaoke machine.

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We seriously had the best weekend, my feet were so swollen by the end of both days, but it was all worth it. Now, the real countdown to baby begins, we have less than two weeks until we meet our baby boy. His big sister could not be more excited about his upcoming arrival!

A big thank to Kristin for the adorable printables.

 

today, you are four

**this post should have went live yesterday, but in all the haste of  the birthday, I never even checked to see if posted. I’ll have a birthday party recap tomorrow**

my Braylen,

Today you woke up a four year old. Try as I might, I can’t wrap my head around this new age for you. Four!

That’s roughly 1,460 days since we welcomed you into our hearts and lives with much joy and anticipation.

You are smart, BK. So very smart. You know all of your letters and sounds, recognize some of your sight words, love to read books and add numbers. You are so curious about letters and sounds and learning to spell words. You write your name like a pro and you want to write everyone else’s name, too! You’re good at memorizing books and retelling stories. You make your kindergarten-teaching-mama very proud.

I can’t wait to see you be a great big sister to your baby brother. You love him so much already. I don’t think you quite know what’s coming, you’re just excited to get to feed and hold a new baby. I have no doubt that it will take some adjusting, but that you’ll fall into that role with ease. I think you two will be the best of friends one day.

You have the sweetest heart, the best smile, and the most contagious laugh. You are incredibly content and your love for life is evident as your eyes light up over the smallest of treasures like tiny purple flowers that grow in our yard and rocks you find on the sidewalk. You are collector of random things, they become your treasures, like flowers and leaves, but most mostly rocks.

In your third year we’ve watched you grow taller, your eyes have turned from blue to green, your curls aren’t quite as a tight as they fall somewhere past your shoulders these days. You traveled to the beach several times, to Disney World, to Atlanta, to Chattanooga. You are a great travel companion, and my right hand girl. You know where all the good stores are like Hobby Lobby and Starbucks, and you’ll eat Mexican with us any day of the week. You started dance class, and I love seeing you decked out in pink each week. You love seeing your friends and twirling in circles.

You are a social butterfly. From the beginning, you always have been. I don’t know that it will ever change. You quickly take center stage anywhere we go, chat with anyone we meet (or even people that we haven’t met), and you want to know everyone’s name. You love princesses and shoes, but most of all, you love my jewelry and shoes.

You are so inquisitive, you have a question for everything. Nothing is ever left unknown to you, if you wonder about something, you quickly ask someone what it means. You are full of energy, only crashing at bedtime. When you wake up, you’re full speed ahead for the entire day. Still and quiet are rare for you, on the rare occasion you want to snuggle or fall asleep in my lap, I treasure that time more than you know.

You are such a good and perfect gift from God and I can’t even remember what it was like before you, but I know that life is better because of you. Your daddy and I love you more than the world, or as you like to say to the moon and back. 

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