Tuesday, September 30, 2014

what I wore: random stories

top: banana republic (not maternity), cardigan: f21, maternity jeans: motherhood (similar), flats: jcpenny (similar), earrings: walmart (similar)
24 weeks

First I want to say thank you all so much for the love and support you gave -here. I'm so grateful to have such an awesome community of ladies behind me showing support, you guys are the best! We went to our specialist appointment and, like I thought, no one is worried. It's always great to get so many opinions though, Brand and I walked out of the appointment with smiles on our faces and the worry washed away -oh and we also got a few pictures of our little one. 

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So do I look tired in these pictures or what?! Ever since about week 20 I haven't been able to sleep very well. My legs get all kinds of numb and sore and achy, I don't know what it is. I've tried using pillows, I've tried using blankets, I've tried doing leg exercises before I go to bed. Any tips would be appreciated. -Maybe it's my body just preparing me for when this little gal gets here?

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And have I told you yet that her favorite time to move around is right before bed and between 4 and 530 in the morning? I think we have an active baby on our hands because this girl is moving and kicking like crazy -some of these movements are so startling it gets me all kinds of jumpy. But then of course I laugh and start talking to her -is that weird? Did you ever talk to your belly?

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I don't think I ever blogged this and I better do it now before I forget: One of the very first times I felt her kick I was sitting in church -relief society to be exact - and I was sitting next to my sil. I felt this little movement that felt kind of like a gas bubble and I just thought -well I think that's just gas or something. So I sat there for a little bit longer and I got this big ole jolt in the same spot as before -I got kicked! And that was that.  I'm pretty sure she was trying to prove that she was there, "oh yeah-you thought that was gas, what do you think about this!?" Crazy girl.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

HELLO Chocolate Bars

A lot of the time I try to be on trend when it comes to new ideas. This has become particularly the case with food these days, Chocolate has been one of my biggest addictions and I have to have a piece of chocolate at least once at day. They say addictions aren't good for you, but lets just say that my chocolate addiction definitely doesn't fit in that category - it's good for me (or I'll just keep telling myself that.)
I recently found this awesome new, hip, trendy brand in premium chocolate, Lindt HELLO.  Yes, HELLO chocolate bars!!  It's a new collection from Lindt of sinfully delicious premium chocolate inspired by classic American treats. You can purchase your Lint HELLO chocolate at a variety of stores nationwide.

This delicious chocolate comes in four different flavors that are absolutely to die for:

Caramel Brownie (my favorite)
Strawberry Cheesecake
Crunch Nougat
Cookies & Cream

Annnnd, just in case you were wondering there are three different ways The Lindt HELLO collection can be enjoyed:

Sticks
Bars
Mini-Stick Bags

I purchased the sticks and bars, only because the mini-stick bags were sold out. I've found that the sticks are perfect to carry around in your purse for that moment when you need to just relax and treat yourself to a delicious piece of chocolate.

Lindt HELLO chocolate also has a fun web series that you can check out here.

So, if you are looking for that perfect sweet for your sweet tooth treat don't miss this new chocolate from Lindt



Thank you to Lindt for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Lindt HELLO!


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Friday, September 26, 2014

easy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies


I've always loved fall. The crisp Autumn air, the warm clothes, the fallen leaves. I love it. Around this time of year I like to find fun cleaver ways to bring fall into our house.  In Arizona fall doesn't come till later, like November, and I can't seem to wait that long. Traditionally I go out and buy a pumpkin spice candle, burn it all day and night so that I can just have the smell.  

So I've done the candle purchasing, and now I want to add a fall treat into this tradition mixture. So lets add pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to the list. 

What you'll need: 
Package of Spice Cake mix
Can of pumpkin
1 cup of chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

First, take the package of spice cake mix and the can of pumpkin and mix them together. Make sure you mix well. 

Second, add 1 cup of chocolate chips and mix again. 

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. 

And enjoy. 

And that's your Friday treat! 
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

what I wore: currently

 top: Ross, maternity pants: h&m, flats: russia, watch: no longer sold (similar), earrings: walmart (similar)
23 weeks


Watching: well I was watching Revenge, but I've officially finished all three seasons, which means I'm in need of a new show.

Crocheting: our baby's blessing blanket. I'm so excited to see it finished, just doing the ruffles now!!

Anticipating: arrival of this little girl -I'm sorry if I write too much about her, but I'm so extremely excited to meet her. 

Listening to: the good ones, classical music like vivaldi,and morning baroque -frasier music. 

Thinking about: how different life is going to be when she gets here, I've heard all kinds of stories about home comings, and new babies, and new parents, I'm so excited for this adventure though.

Feeling thankful for: this new time in our lives. Brand is in Dental school, we are finally going to be parents, it's everything we ever wanted. 

Wanting: chocolate all-the-time.

Enjoying: time to get things done. Everyone knows that I'm a planner and someone who likes having a schedule, so it's really nice to be able to get things done around the house before this little girl gets here -she is going to consume my life and I cannot wait. 

Wondering: what this little one is going to look like, I'm pretty sure it's normal to stare at ultrasound pictures of her profile and try and figure out who she looks like most. 

Smelling: our pumpkin spice candle, it's officially fall - although it sure doesn't feel like it. 

Wearing: more maternity pants, they are seriously so wonderfully comfortable.

Following: all these baby clothes and accessory creators on instagram, makes me want to make my own. I'm loving all these small little hair bows, thee cutest! 

Feeling: tired, anyone else have a problem sleeping because of numb and achy legs and hips? It's a more recent development, and I'm wondering how to fix it. 


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Monday, September 22, 2014

a condensed version of my weekend

Where do I start? Most of the weekend was me sitting at home, crocheting or making beaded socks. I need to get an active hobby before I gain so much weight that I cannot get out of this chair. So this weekend I watched a lot of Revenge... so much that I'm already on Season 3 which means I'm going to need another show to watch? Any ideas? Let's just say I cannot wait for October because then we get Gilmore Girls and I mean seriously, loved-that-show.

Friday night when Brand was done studying we went to Cane's, yummy chicken and yummy fries for sure. I think we go there too often because the general manager recognized us -she's nice though and came over to talk to us for a bit. After dinner I wanted to find some maternity pants, the kind with the full panel, I can't do the half one because they are wayyy too tight, Anyways the only place I can seem to find them is Ross or Motherhood, everywhere else has a short supply or none at all. Rude.

I love instagram giveaways, well giveaways in general because I love winning things. If you don't follow lwphsews on instagram you should check her out because she has the cutest shop and the most wonderful quilts you've ever seen. She makes me want to build up the courage to finish my own quilt -which I should do before this little girl arrives.
I also took this snap chat picture on Friday. I still have some of my Russia tan line on my feet, I guess that's what happens when you are in the sun all day for two weeks. And in that very same picture you can see my little baby bump.  I promise she's in there, I can feel her kicking as I type. What a turkey, that girl. 

This weekend I also made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies -on the blog later this week. They are the second bite of fall that I've tasted this time around, I just love all the wonders of this time of year. 

Man, how is is Monday already??



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

what I wore: the anatomy ultrasound

top: target maternity, jeans: motherhood (clearance-similar), flats: russia, necklace: c/o Choies, watch: no longer sold (similar)
22 Weeks

A few weeks back we had our anatomy ultrasound appointment. It's been one of those appointments that I think I've been excited for and nervous about all in the same breath.  When I arrived at the appointment I had nervous butterflies and waiting for forty minutes didn't help. The ultrasound tech called me back and we started the ultrasound. He started scanning, and freezing pictures, and measuring -this little girl is quite the mover already. And then I saw this weird bubble-looking-thing near the umbilical cord. I asked the ultrasound tech what it was and of course he wasn't allowed to tell me, which didn't give me any confidence.  He then went and tracked the blood flow of the umbilical cord which looked good and it didn't look like there were any problems.

Long story short, we were sent outside to wait for the results and then got called back in to talk to my doctor (routine at every appointment so far).  She said that our baby is growing healthy and strong and everything looks good, the only small thing they found was a "cyst" on the umbilical cord. I was shocked and scared all in one moment. She said that it's not a big deal, she has seen it before, and that she wasn't worried about it, but that just to get a second opinion she wanted to send me to a specialist. 
Brand's sister is in sonography school and because Brand wasn't able to go with me to the appointment earlier that day we headed to her school that afternoon so he could take a look for him self. I was again reassured by her teacher that there wasn't anything to worry about and honestly, having Brand see it and the worry leave his face gave me a boost of hope. (When I saw the ultrasound again the "cyst" looked more like a bubble and was more near the top of the umbilical cord on the placenta wall.)
I'll admit, after the first ultrasound I kinda had a break down. All these horrible thoughts went through my mind: what if my baby wasn't going to be okay and what if we were going to loose her? I couldn't imagine either thought. I wanted her to be okay. I've been wanting this little one for oh-so-long, I couldn't imagine her being taken away from me so soon. 
I remember all the pain and sadness not having a baby made me feel, but then I remembered how I got through it all. I trusted in the Lord. That His will would be done, and that everything would work out. Since the appointment I've felt these little kicks, and punches, and all the movement that goes on in there, I'm so blessed to have this beautiful gift, to be able to be a mom. Something I've only wanted for my whole entire life. I love this little baby so much already, I can't imagine what it's going to be like when she gets here! 
And now I patiently wait for my appointment with the specialist... which is today... three weeks later. 


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Monday, September 15, 2014

a condensed version of my weekend

due: January 16th, January 4th, Last week

It's also more like let me share with you the pictures that I keep forgetting to. So My mom saved a few handfuls of poofy, ruffley, dresses that I wore when I was little. She brought them over a few weeks ago and I can't describe to you how excited I am for this little girl to wear them! Maybe it's because they were mine when I was little, or maybe it's because I love these old fashion clothes, but I'm so excited to see her in these. I think one of the funnest things about having this little girl is going to be dressing her.

Last weekend my sils and I took some "belly" pictures. We are all having girls and they are all going to be so close in age. I cannot tell you how exciting it's going to be to show them this picture when they get bigger, And I'm thinking they are going to be the best of friends, how fun are these birthday parties going to be and the play dates we'll have. Oh, I'm going to love this.
This weekend Brand and I went on a date, first one in a long time, well, a date where we went out for dinner that is. I guess that's just how things work when you start dental school and find yourself up to your head in debt. It was so nice just being with Brand, not worrying about his tests and just us talking. Talking about our baby girl, why parents let their kids play with their phones at the dinner table, and a little bit of Russian -I've started forgetting the things I learned on our trip so Brand was helping refresh my memory.  After dinner we went to the mall to check out the baby clearance sections -no shame here, why are little outfits the same price as big people outfits?

We also did some little girl laundry, oh how fun it was to see these little clothes on our couch, to hang them up and talk about how cute she would be in this outfit, and how the "daddy's Valentine" outfit might be my favorite. I can't wait to see Brand hold this little girl, I'm sure I'll fall in love all over again and again. -Something fun, as I type this she's punching, and kicking, and moving all around, maybe she's saying she's going to love that daddy to bits.

Annnnd this weekend was the first time I had tums, not because of heartburn.  I had this nasty stomach ache that wouldn't go away, just when you think the food that you are eating isn't greasy your stomach says the opposite. I've never been so grateful for a medicine in my whole life, and if I had known before how fast tums worked I would have never used pepto. Seriously, in seconds.
And last week I made these beauties. Do you remember wearing these kinds of socks when you were little? Crochet beaded socks?! I swear I wore them all the time and when my mom told me I had grown out of my last pair I was absolutely devastated. The way they jingled when I walked, how fancy they were, the different colors they came in. Is it weird to make an adult pair? -I'll answer that, it's weird.

Happy Monday!
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

life, chapter six has officially started


 Back in February we were blessed with the news of Brand getting into dental school. 
It was news that felt like a huge weight was lifted off our shoulders.
We finally knew where we would be the next four years. 

I remember beginning the process of applying to dental school.
 I always wanted to move across the country, it would be like a whole new adventure. 
A fresh start. 

Now that we are having a baby, and now that I've gown up a bit and learned so many things, I'm grateful that we are staying in Arizona. 
Sure I've lived here my whole life, but I love this State, all our family is here, and for us, there really isn't a better place to be. 
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Brand officially started school the 25th of August.
Day one of his next four years. 

I had previously prepared him for the "first day of school" pictures, I let him know that -of course- I was going to take his pictures and that he should just cooperate. 
I think he is starting to understand this whole taking pictures  thing, or maybe he just reluctantly gives in because that's what life is becoming, lots of pictures to capture the moment. 
Whatever it is, he cooperated and we headed to his school. We went into the sim lab, I took his pictures there and I also took his pictures outside the dental buildings. 

I'm so excited for Brand to learn and grow. 
This week we were able to talk with a bunch of different dental students, Brand asked them questions about each year of school and I could see the excitement in his eyes when they talked about all the hands-on-stuff. 
The actual working on teeth stuff, none of that boring book work. 

Anyways, here's to an exciting four years and the beginning of our chapter six adventure. 
I'm sure it will be tough, but it's going to be so worth it! 


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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

a condensed version of my weekend

Not all of this happened over the weekend, but it still kind-of counts.

So last week Brand started dental school -more on that, of course, later- and I ventured onto campus and into the sim lab to take his first day pictures -as is protocol for the first day. He showed me some of his tools and this crazy dental "dummy" that sits under his desk.. I forget what they call him, but he's creepy.

Later on in the week it was national dog day, I'm still surprised how many different "national days" there are, national sibling day, national twin day... yada-yada. I participate in the taking of these national dog day pictures, but I didn't post them online because these pups aren't mine and I felt like I would have been cheating on my girl had I put one of these up, so, Maggie, you are still my number one.
And you can't forget about my nana's silly kitty, she is a total lap cat, which wouldn't be horrible if she didn't weight thirty pounds and if I wasn't allergic to cats. haha! Last week I went over to my nana's to have her help me make a car seat canopy and it has turned out so cute, I can't wait to show you!

It seems like these weekends are becoming all about this baby girl. Saturday was an all day event going from store to store finding awesome Labor Day sales with $2 baby shoes. This little lady is going to be so spoiled, that's for sure. We found a reclining chair that is going to be absolutely perfect for her when she gets here and I've started working on her baby blessing blanket. You can never prepare too early ya know. We had our anatomy ultrasound on Friday, it was kind of nerve-wracking -again, more on that later this week. But I'm grateful for the peace of mind that I have and that my doctor isn't concerned. 
Happy Tuesday! 
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