October 1, 2014

Family Weekend

This weekend my inlaws and sister-in-laws here to spend a few dsy with us. Their visit was more than welcome, from all three of us! Miss A was jumping and shaking from excitement when they arrived and she hopped out the front door into everyone's arms. They have such a beautiful bond, it makes me so happy.

I was also overjoyed to have them here- four extra hands! Opportunities to sit down, rest, and do nothing! That is so, so rare for me, and with how I've been feeling, I was so glad to have the help. I was able to do all kinds of things I don't usually have a chance to- like sit in my living room. Seriously, I love our living room. It's one of my favorite rooms in the house with the sunlight pouring in through the windows and our cozy couches. Since there are no toys in there, it's not exactly appealing to a toddler.  I also got to use my wonderful smelly bath products while taking a long hot shower, three nights in a row! Bliss I tell you. It sure doesn't take much to make me happy these days. :)

Of course we got out of the house and did plenty of fun things too. We went to our favorite park complete with a train to ride, a merry-go-round, paddle boats, and small cafe. We also went out to our favorite breakfast place, lunch, and dinner one night. 

Miss A was spoiled with lots of new clothes, shoes, and toys. Despite coming with a few new toys in their suitcase, we made a trip to Toys R Us and she picked out a few things on her own, including her very own car. 

She drove her Minnie car around the cul de sac, laughing and smiling away, as we jumped in to steer the wheel and prevent any collisions. ;) She got the hang of it pretty quickly and we loved watching her cruise. 

I hate how fast the time goes and now we have to wait until Thanksgiving to see them again. Miss A has woken up Tuesday and today asking me "where did everybody go" and telling me they have to "come back." It's so hard for her to understand but I'm so thankfully for technology and FaceTime, which we do weekly with our family. If it wasn't for that, this distance between us would be so much harder, I can't even imagine. 

In other news, it's October, the hubby will have a wonderful schedule and I can't wait to do some fall related activities, like the pumpkin patch and the state fair! What are you excited for this month? Halloween too of course! 

September 29, 2014

Baby #2- 13-15 Weeks

Happy Monday morning friends! I have lots to share about our family weekend, but first I thought I'd share some pregnancy updates. I'm currently writing this from the comfort of my bed, a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal next to me, with the sounds of Miss A playing downstairs with her grandmother and aunt. Or in our case, Abu (short for Abuela in Spanish) and Tia (Spanish for aunt). I'm sure I don't have to tell you as you already know what a blessing it is to have them here.

So let's talk about being pregnant! :) I'm feeling much, much better now than I was just a week ago. The queasiness is subsiding, I'm feeling my energy coming back, and most foods sound appealing.  I do have to talk about the awful insomnia I had (and still do occasionally) between weeks 12-14. I would either lay awake for hours before falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night wide awake and unable to fall back to sleep for hours. What a cruel joke I tell you, pregnant, having to care for a toddler, on no sleep. I was pretty miserable and dragging every single day. I made sure to keep water and snacks by my bed because I would also get hungry during that time I was awake and I definitely didn't want to have to go downstairs to eat something. I think the insomnia is starting to get better, but I don't want to jinx it!

I'm officially sleeping with two pillows. I found that also helped when I couldn't fall asleep. I'd prop them up and try to fall asleep sitting up. That actually worked a few times. I also have the two pillows for comfort and I have to tell you I'm so happy we have a king sized bed this time around with more space for me to flip around and not elbow my husband in the face!

I couldn't believe my luck recently on a trip to Target for finding a pair of maternity jeans for $10. It was on clearance, 50%, and I'm so happy I found them. They are infinitely more comfortable than the pairs I wore with Miss A. They're the under the belly kind as opposed to the over-the-belly panel. I hated those! I always had to pull them up and didn't like how you could see the panel lining through my shirts. So yes I am wearing maternity bottoms now as my regular jeans were getting too tight and uncomfortable. I also wasn't a fan on the belly band, so it was time to move on! 

I've only gained about three pounds, which I really don't understand, because I'm SO hungry all.the.time. I feel like I'm always eating which can be so annoying after having a regular meal and feeling like I ate nothing soon after. At least most foods are okay with me now, except anything tomato based. Overall food is tasting pretty good and I'm eating lots of yogurt, eggs, cheese, toast, chicken, strawberries, and pasta. 

September 23, 2014

Weekend Recap & Hello Fall!

Happy 1st day of FALL! If you're just as excited as I am, then you must have already made a batch of pumpkin cookies, picked up some pumpkin spice creamer, and opened all your windows. That is exactly what I did yesterday, along with making a batch of homemade chicken soup for the hubby, who's been sick for a week now. :( Poor guy just can't catch a break, with only one day off since getting sick and not having the opportunity to rest. A resident's life I tell you- it's rough, unfair, and down right ridiculous; I wish he could take a day off to get better. I'm also looking forward to getting rid of my dead summer plants and replacing them with some beautiful mum's, my favorite plant.

Since hubby was sick this weekend (and only had Sunday off) we didn't do very much, except go out for donuts and biscuit sandwiches on Sunday morning. Which, you guys, was seriously the highlight of my very long week. We got three donuts- raspberry glaze for Miss A (which she picked out all on her own), smore's, and salted caramel. Oh. My. There's a reason this place is so popular, if you're ever in the area, you must check out Rise. I also had a biscuit sandwich with a fried egg and pimento cheese. I'm all about pimento cheese lately, it is so dang good! I know it's not just pregnancy related because hubby is all about it too, especially if it's on a burger!

Other than that, not much else went on, besides grocery shopping, where I'm seriously blowing our budget because it feels like I'm at the grocery store two or even three times a week. I'm hungry like you would not believe and have to eat two breakfasts and two lunches. I'm not even kidding. I feel like this baby is going to be much bigger than Miss A was! Which also has me thinking that maybe it's a boy...?? We'll know for sure come October!

Also, I'm really being thrown for a loop here with no sleep. Every night, usually around 2:00 am, I wake up, wide awake, for at least an hour or more. It is driving me crazy considering I have a toddler that won't nap and is waking up earlier and earlier. What gives?! I really don't know what to do about it as she is already going to bed earlier than she used to now that she stopped napping. Pushing back her bedtime doesn't seem like the most logical thing to do either because that has always backfired and causes her to wake up even earlier. So, please, tell me this is just a phase and she'll adjust herself accordingly? I could really use the extra sleep! Anywho, here's to a great week- play dates, cooler weather, and a family visit!! I couldn't ask for anything more.

September 19, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday!

1. Shopping 

There are so many good deals out right now. Old Navy is having a baby and maternity sale. I really didn't like most of the maternity clothes I wore when I was pregnant with Miss A so I'd love to get a few new pieces. I'd love to be comfortable but cute this time around and I'm looking for some new pants, basic T's, and dresses I can layer with leggings and scarfs once the weather turns cold. I love this dress from Old Navy and think it fits the bill!

Gymboree is also having a fall sale and I must, must pick up these pajamas for Miss A. I mean, how adorable are they?

2. Fall Baking

I do a lot of baking in the fall. A lot. I make pumpkin white chocolate cookies, pumpkin bread, apple pie, and any other new recipes I may come across, like this apple oatmeal bread. How good does that look?!

3. Reading 

I finished a really good book last night- The Underside of Joy. It definitely was not what I expected when I first picked up the book, and I thought about stopping right at the beginning, because it is very sad. But then the book changed it's angle and I was hooked! I'd recommend it to any mom, it will tug at your heart strings.

4. I Heart Target

Miss A and I took a trip to Target this week and I went absoutely gaga over their Halloween decor. I LOVE everything- I don't remember being this excited about their stuff last year. They've really knocked it out of the park, from snacks, to decorations, to make-your-own kits, I could've easily bought everything! We spent two hours in the store, much longer than we usually do, as Miss A can't handle a trip that long. This time around she was just as excited as I was.

5. Pregnancy Updates

Yesterday was a rough day. I was fine in the morning, then come afternoon I had a headache, stomach ache, and my eyes were burning from sleep deprivation. :( Miss A had a mild cold in the beginning of the week and wasn't sleeping well at night. It all must have caught up with me (and eating four slices of pizza was probably a bad idea...) and all I wanted to do was take a nap. Days like that are when I really, really miss nap time. Anywho, I'm 13 weeks, feeling good (despite yesterday) and I'm seeing my energy come back up, which is so great! I've been eating lots and lots of quesadillas, hate the smell of Palmolive dish soap, and can't fit into my jeans! I'll be taking some bump pictures soon!

Linking up with Meet @ the Barre and September Farm

September 17, 2014

Making the Switch: Toddler Bed Transition

Over the weekend we made a huge step in the world of toddlerhood- the switch from a crib to a toddler bed! As soon as we found out we're expecting our second child, my mind whirled with all the things I want to do before baby #2 arrives. We have three goals: potty training, toddler bed, and taking away the pacifier (she still uses it at night to sleep). Tackling the transition to a toddler bed seemed like the easiest, and most exciting, goal to start with first. I had a feeling she was ready to make the switch, especially since she loves hoping into our bed, pulling up the covers, making herself comfortable on a pillow, and pretending to go to sleep.

I talked to a cousin of mine, who has two girls, less than two years a part, for advice on how to go about getting Miss A a toddler bed. Her best piece of advice- keep her involved in the process, the WHOLE TIME. That's exactly what I did, from explaining she would soon get a new bed, showing her different ones online and in the store, allowing her to choose which one she wanted, and showing her different bedding options. As soon as she saw Minnie it was hands down the winner and she wanted nothing else! We ordered her bed and bedding set from Amazon and were surprised at how quickly both arrived, as we don't have Amazon Prime. 

When my husband put it together (which was pretty easy for him, we highly recommend it), she was there the whole time, handing him the screwdriver and pretending to screw thing in herself. :) She couldn't WAIT to get on it, even before we put the sheets on. We had to take down her crib in order to get it out of her room, and when this happened, it suddenly felt so real to me and I couldn't help but break down in tears. 

I cried as every piece was taken out and put into the guest room (which will become baby #2's room) and as I sat next to her on her new bed, reading her books. She was ready to throw us out once we were done, saying, "Bye Mama, goodnight!" I couldn't believe it, she really does surprise me every single day! I know how fortunate we are she took to this so well, but boy, did that break my Mama heart!

She slept the whole night, didn't make a peep, despite my checking on her several times throughout the night. In the morning she woke up happy and excited, refusing to go downstairs for breakfast. It was only after I promised her we'd come right back upstairs that she reluctantly agreed to leave.

So my tips for making the switch- Keep your child involved, the entire time. Be excited about it, chalk it up as the greatest thing in the world. I also think having something she absolutely loves- Minnie- as her bedding set was the key. If you can pick out something together that they're excited about, hopefully it will go easier!

Oh and if you're wondering about naps, so far nothing has changed there. She's still not napping, and she is having quiet time, except now I find her with tons of toys on her bed. :)