Thursday, April 16, 2015

my first maternity stitch fix {review}

When I found out that Stitch Fix was offering maternity fixes, I couldn't wait to sign up for one. I scheduled it for the beginning of my second trimester, and requested items that would transition well throughout the rest of my pregnancy, as well as life after baby comes. 


 I decided to try a new stylist this time, and Blake knocked it out of the park! As soon as I opened the box, I immediately thought I'd be keeping everything. It was all exactly my style, and I couldn't wait to try it all on!


Eight Sixty Ariel V-Neck Maternity Blouse ($68) - RETURNED
This blouse is exactly my style! I love the abstract polka dot pattern, and the cut of the blouse is super flattering. I loved it just as much when I tried it on, and I was planning on keeping it for sure. And then, I tried to take it off. The fabric doesn't stretch at all, and the shoulders are just tight enough that it was almost impossible to get off. I ended up getting it off (thank goodness! haha) but I decided not to keep it. If it was that hard to get off now, it would be nearly impossible at the end of my pregnancy. I am SO SAD about sending this shirt back, especially after I got so many compliments on it from my bumpdate pic this week, but I just couldn't justify keeping a shirt that I couldn't get off. :) 


Kensie Rebekah Contrast Detail Blazer ($88) - RETURNED
I have an affection for blazers, but have a lot of trouble finding ones that work well with my body shape. I loved the cut of this one, and the polka dot fabric on the sleeves is so cute. I didn't love the fact that it was navy, because there's not as many work options for me to wear it with, but it was so cute that I assumed I'd be keeping it. I tried it on, and loved everything about it, but the shoulders were tight. I was super sad, but I wasn't going to pay almost $90 for a blazer that was too tight in the shoulders. I am definitely on the hunt for a blazer like this - I LOVE IT!


41Hawthorn Berneen Dolman Knit Top ($58) - RETURNED
I have this shirt in another pattern, and love it as a maternity shirt as well. I liked the pattern and color of this one, and again - I thought this was going to be a new addition to my closet. If I had wanted to keep everything else, I would have happily kept this shirt and it would make a great addition to my closet. But I didn't like the pattern enough to justify buying it without the 5 item discount. 

Kut From The Kloth Denna Maternity Skinny Jean ($78) - RETURNED
(these are pictured above, but not well. Sorry!)
I wasn't super excited to see jeans in the fix because I have several pairs already, but these were super soft and a cute color. A great pair of maternity jeans is a necessity during pregnancy, so I figured if I was keeping everything else, I wouldn't be bummed about keeping these. They fit amazing, and are super comfortable, but I just don't need another pair of maternity jeans, so I decided not to keep them. 


Urban Expressions Rex Hardware Detail Crossbody Hobo Bag (68) - KEEP
Now for the good news! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for the perfect crossbody bag, and this one is it! I love the soft gray color, and I love the style. I love every single thing about it! It's big, it's beautiful and it's officially mine. :) 

Overall, I was thrilled with this fix. I should have requested no maternity jeans, but other than that, it was all perfect for my style. If only they had fit a little better - my maternity closet could have added some great pieces!
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If you're expecting, I definitely recommend doing a maternity fix. Finding stylish maternity clothes aren't the easiest thing to find, and Stitch Fix sent me some great options! And if you're not pregnant, I still recommend Stitch Fix. Some of my favorite items in my closet are from past fixes, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon!


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

thirty.

Today, I enter a brand new decade - my thirties. 


For some reason, being 30 tends to have a negative connotation. People fret about turning 30, but I don't really get it.
I think I'm going to love my 30s. 

My 20s were awesome. The first few years were filled with college classes, parties, sorority life and making memories with some of the best people in my life. The middle years had me cohabiting with a boy for the first time, adapting to having a "big girl" job and practicing being an adult. The last few years solidified my grown up status by making me a homeowner, a wife and a mom.

I've made so many amazing memories in that decade, but I wouldn't trade the parties, freedom and fun for the love, stability and family that I have now. I am truly blessed to have an amazing life, and I think my 30s will bring so much more!'

Happy birthday to me! 

If you could all drink a festive adult beverage for me, I'd appreciate it! I'll stick with my juice and water. :)

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I want to wish a very happy birthday to my sweet birthday twin - Pinky!
Head on over to her blog and give her some birthday love! #pinksparklecrayolasforever

Pink Persistence

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

baby bump #2: week 16


this week...

We had a doctor's appointment this week, and everything looks great! Baby was wiggling around so much that our doctor couldn't get the heartbeat for long enough to listen to (busy body baby!) so we got a quick peek with a portable ultrasound machine. Any excuse to see that little peanut!


In other exciting news... I felt the baby move this week! I assumed I was earlier than with Weston, but reading back I realized I felt him move at 16 weeks too! Happy coincidence. :)


size of baby?
what's going on in there?

Baby's skeletal system is developing, their limbs are becoming more developed and is growing toenails! Baby will double in weight in the next few weeks, and is currently pumping around 25 quarts of blood each day!

maternity clothes? 

I got my first maternity Stitch Fix (post about it tomorrow!) so that was pretty exciting. I've been living in these black jeggings, these leggings and long tanks/tees. I'm excited for sandal/dress season... bring on the maxi dresses! :)

stretch marks? 

Not yet. 

movement? 

This week! It surprised me when it happened, and it's not super common yet, but when I feel the little one squiggling around in there... makes me super happy!

food cravings? 

Donut holes from Cub Foods, chicken wild rice soup and ALL THE ICE WATER.

anything making you queasy or sick? 

I think it's safe to say we're past this!

what I miss? 

I had my first "I miss having a drink" moment this weekend. We were at a BBQ and everyone had their cold beverages, and I couldn't have one. Plus, it was 70 degrees and sunny... that calls for a cold beverage! :)

nausea/vomiting?  

Thank goodness, not anymore.

symptoms? 

Growing bellow, some round ligament pains and now some baby movements! My boobs are also swollen, heavy and tender. They tingle sometimes like they did when I was nursing, which is bringing back lots of new mom moments!

labor signs? 

Not yet.

gender? 

We find out on June 2nd! I am counting down the moments, and can't wait to know!! I think we'll do a small gender reveal for family to celebrate finding out the gender again. Our last one was so much fun, and you know I'm always looking for a reason to throw a party!

belly button in or out?

In.

wedding rings on or off? 

On, unless I'm at home. Then, all the jewelry comes off!

sleep?

Glorious sleep. I love sleep.

what I'm looking forward to?

June 2nd, so I can find out the gender! HAHAHA Actually, I'm looking forward to tomorrow, which happens to be my 30th birthday! I don't plan on doing much, but I am actually excited to be turning 30. I love my life so much, and am grateful for everything and everyone that's in it!

**16 weeks with Weston**



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Thursday, April 9, 2015

baby bump #2: week 15

sorry about the tired photo... 
I remembered right before bed and was too lazy to try to make myself look nice. :) 

this week...

My belly definitely popped this week. There were a couple times where I looked down and thought "where did that come from?!?!" and I've had several people tell me that they can tell I popped as well. I'm excited to have an actual bump instead of just feeling chubby all the time. :)

size of baby?
what's going on in there?

Baby's eyelids are still fused shut, but they can sense light now! Their taste buds are forming, hair is growing in on their head, and they may be starting to suck their thumb! Baby's legs are now longer than their arms, and they can move all their teeny joints and limbs!

maternity clothes? 

I bought some summer dresses from Target.com, and can't wait for them (and warmer weather) to arrive! I found the BEST black jeggings for work. I have been living in leggings, and have been on the hunt for some jeggings that have pockets so I can wear them to work with more options. I found them at Motherhood Maternity, and they were only $29!!!!! Seriously. I've bought two pairs, and plan on living in them for the rest of this pregnancy. If only they came in other colors!

stretch marks? 

None yet. 

movement? 

I've felt a couple random things that I *think* could be baby, but I know it's early. I can't wait to feel him/her move. It's one of my favorite parts of pregnancy, and is a great reassurance that everything is going well in there!

food cravings? 

Still going crazy for crunchy veggies and dip, and I should add in ice cream sandwiches too. 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

I think this stage is over. Thank goodness!!!!

what I miss? 

Honestly, I don't really miss anything. I love being pregnancy, and so far I've been blessed to have two easy pregnancies. I could go for some more energy, but I know that's coming.

nausea/vomiting?  

Hopefully we're done with this!

symptoms? 

My face is starting to clear up, which is just one of the many reasons why the second trimester is my favorite. :) I tend to get really painful acne my first trimester (thanks hormones!) so I'm always glad to see this go!

labor signs? 

Give a girl some time to cook her baby. :)

gender? 

We don't know yet! I can't wait to find out. With Weston, I was POSITIVE he was a boy, but I've not really had any gender predictions with this one. Everyone keeps telling me they think it's a girl... we shall have to see!!

belly button in or out?

Innie.

wedding rings on or off? 

On. I'm hopeful I can wear them longer this time, but I do know that I tend to swell in pregnancy, so I'm not guaranteeing anything to myself. I do take them off at home more just because jewelry seems to annoy me in general right now.

sleep?

Glorious sleep. I think it's so interesting just how quickly and HOW tired I get in the evening. When it's bedtime, it's BEDTIME. No waiting around. :) I am tired in the mornings, but I can definitely tell the energy is starting to come back. I'm sleeping pretty well, and am starting to have some strange pregnancy dreams.

what I'm looking forward to?

I am getting mani/pedis with a couple girlfriends this weekend, and then we have a doctor's appointment on Monday! Can't wait to check in and hear this little one's heartbeat! Oh... that and I turn 30 next week. WHAT?!?!?!?!

**15 weeks with Weston**

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

weston: 18 months

Weston turned 18 months this month, and we had a doctor's appointment, so I figured it was a good time to do another update on him. So crazy to think that our next (and probably last) monthly update will be at 2 years! A 2 YEAR OLD!!!!!
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what's new: 

I feel like something new happens every day with him now! He's learning colors, figuring out how things work and paying close attention to everything we do at all times! 18 months is SUCH a fun age... I am not really sure how we have an 18 month old already, but we love it!!! 

He got his first haircut this month, and even though he wasn't thrilled about it, I think it was harder on mom than him. :)


stats:  

At his doctor's appointment on 3/13, he was 2 feet, 11.5 inches tall, and weighed in at 30lb 13oz. 
BIG BOY - 100% percentile for both height and weight. 


hair color: 

still that adorable head of red hair, but you can tell that some of the hair growing in now is more blonde. It'll be interesting to see if it stays red or changes as he grows up...


eye color: 

I examined his eyes closely the other day so I could answer this question as accurately as possible, and my best answer is SO PRETTY! HAHA Sometimes they look blue, sometimes they look hazel, sometimes they look more gray... it really depends on the light. But they're so big, bright and beautiful. (not that I'm biased or anything)


nicknames: 

Westy, buddy, peanut, kiddo. 


wearing: 

He's wearing 24 month or 2T clothes, we're transitioning to size 5 Target brand diapers, and he's wearing 7/8 size shoes. (depending on the brand)


saying:

He's learning new words every day, and his level of understanding what we say amazes me. I'm excited for when he'll actually be able to say exactly what he wants all the time, but the learning stage is awfully cool to watch. It's simply amazing to me how fast toddlers learn things!


sleeping: 

Still a champ sleeper. He goes to bed around 8:30pm and wakes up around 7:30am. He's down to one nap a day, usually around noon and lasts 1-2 hours. Sometimes he wants a small cat nap before dinner, but not often. 


eating: 

He LOVES his food. He'll try pretty much anything once, and there isn't much he doesn't like. He loves to dip his food - ketchup and ranch are faves. If he sees us dipping food, he wants to dip! He also wants to share whatever food/beverage we're having. He recently tried corn for the first time, and LOVED it. He is still getting the hang of keeping it on his fork, but he chows it down!


likes: 

Cars/trucks/bikes/planes/trains. Pointing out everything we see on walks. Eating. Chuggington. Reading books. Doing puzzles. Going outside. The PARK. Going for walks. Running through leaves. Playing with dogs. Giving dogs treats. Watching "big kids". 


dislikes: 

Being tired. Being held still. Diaper changes. Being told no. 


mommy: 

Mommy is adjusting to life as a pregnant toddler mom. There are times where it's exhausting, but being Weston's mommy is seriously my favorite thing in the entire world. Watching him learn new things every single day never gets old. I can't lie - there are times when his lack of full communication skills gets frustrating (for both of us!) but we're working through it, and I know it's just a phase. 


the pups: 

They're starting to like Weston more and more. Cooper will play "chase" around the house with Weston, or wander in his tent with him, which makes Weston SO HAPPY! He loves to point at them and hand them treats. He's pretty obsessed with dogs, and loves to point them out whenever we see one. 



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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

happy birthday aunt ginny!


Weston wanted to pop in and wish a very happy birthday to his favorite auntie in all the land! 

Happy birthday Ginny!!!!!


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

baby bump #2: week 14


this week...

I'm still waiting for the energy boost that comes with the second trimester, but I'm feeling good. 

I'm finding myself being super emotional this week. I think about Weston growing into the smart, funny, independent boy that he's becoming, and it makes me so proud, but makes me a little sad too because it's all happening so fast. It makes me that much more excited to have a squishy baby around again... but then I'm scared about having a newborn again. What if we just got lucky with Weston? He's always been a great eater, sleeper, and a happy baby. What if this one is more of a handful? How am I going to have time to get everything done with a newborn, a toddler and a full time job? I know moms everywhere do it, and we'll do great... it just seems like a lot sometimes. But then I think about how much I love Weston, and the joy that it brings my heart at the thought of having another child to grow, love and care for, and my heart practically leaps out of my chest. 

See what I mean? Emotional spirals. HAHA 

size of baby?
what's going on in there?

This week, baby can make facial expressions - squinting, frowning, grimacing and even sucking it's thumb! Baby's developing lanugo (an ultra fine, downy layer of hair) and by the end of the week, their arms will be in proportion with the rest of it's body!

maternity clothes? 

I'm already sick of maternity pants. Uhoh. For some reason, pants seem like torture this time around. My favorite GAP maternity jeans don't seem to fit the same way as they did with Weston, and all I want to wear is leggings. It'll hopefully be better when spring finally comes so I can wear skirts and dresses. 

stretch marks? 

Not yet. 

movement? 

I've felt a couple things that I SWEAR are the baby moving around in there, but I know it's still early. I'm so ready to feel this little one kicking around in there!

food cravings? 

I am craving fresh food this time around - salad, crunchy carrots and dip, fruit... and ice cream. Also - I'm loving Hi-C from McDonald's. Super random. :) 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

It seems like the queasy feelings are finally going away... knock on wood!

what I miss? 

Feeling rested. I'm ready for the second trimester energy bump. We have so much we want to accomplish before baby #2 comes, and with Weston it makes it difficult. We need to maximize all the free time we have! 

nausea/vomiting?  

I think this is finally going away. Let's hope!

symptoms? 

Growing baby bump and growing pile of pillows in the bedroom. Did not miss my walls of pillows to sleep comfortably! HAHA

labor signs? 

Not there yet. Let's let the baby cook!

gender? 

We're finding out - just not yet. Our doctor's office moved the 20 week ultrasound to 22 weeks to ensure all the parts are developed enough to check (heart, lungs, etc) so we have to wait a while. It seems like torture when I think about how much longer we have, but I really don't have much time to think about it! Being pregnant with a toddler is definitely different! 

belly button in or out?

In. 

wedding rings on or off? 

On, but I do find myself wanting to take all my jewelry off at home now.

sleep?

Once I get tired, there is no convincing me otherwise. I am starting to toss and turn and lay awake thinking about my huge to do list at night, but once I'm out, I'm OUT for the count. 

what I'm looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to spring finally sticking around so I can go for walks, wear dresses and sandals! I'm also looking forward to getting started on all the house projects we have planned for this summer!

**14 weeks with Weston**

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