Monday, April 14, 2014

31 Years

First and foremost, let me apologize for falling off the face of the Earth this blog for the past two weeks. No real excuse or reasoning for it...just lacking motivation during these last few weeks of pregnancy...and I hate blogging for the sake of blogging. Trust me, you should appreciate that. Incoherent, nonsensical rambling is something I like to save for nights when I've had too much wine. And let's be honest, those are far and few between these days!

Anyway...today is 4.14.14 and it is my 31st birthday. {Cue 50 Cent's In Da Club}

This year, being 35.5 weeks pregnant, I'm definitely not in the mood to do it up {nor can I really without alcohol, hahaha}...it will just be a nice evening with my husband and our boys at our favorite Hibachi restaurant. I've been hinting at my boys to make me a sweet card or picture...and by hinting I mean telling them right out {they are miniature men, so you have to be blunt, right?} Tanner, being the ever-efficient problem-solver he is, quickly scribbled "Love You" and two hearts on a piece of paper this morning before he left for daycare {it's Spring Break}. That was right after I reminded them again I wanted a nice thoughtful card done today...he is too funny. I don't think he quite understood the "thoughtful" part...he was just getting it over with. Oh well.

Last year was my 30th of course and it was an amazing birthday. I don't think I'll ever be able to top it.





So today, I'll just take in that sweet memory and look forward to next year's - with my two best boys and my baby girl...our complete little family.


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Not Moving After All

I know my posts have been far and few between the last few weeks. As you might know, we put our house up for sale a month ago and as of today, decided to officially remove it from the market.

We spent a good few weeks getting things cleaned and organized, as well as moving out clutter to a storage unit. Unfortunately, despite how nice our home interior looks compared to others in our neighborhood, it just didn't look like we were going to get the {fair} price we wanted and needed. Knowing that the area is up and coming - a new K-8, high school as well as nature trails are planned in the next couple years - we thought it best to just sit on it a few more years and then it will be worth our while to sell, and we can probably get something even better than we could right now. Luckily, we aren't in a position where moving is necessary, though I was excited at the prospect of a larger home. However, I feel a weight has been lifted off my shoulders for a little while...and I can focus on what's really important - preparing for the arrival of this baby girl in a few weeks.  {Plus, now I get to actually finish the nursery and put things on the walls!}

Anyhow, I do plan to get back on a regular posting schedule - this once or twice a week stuff just ain't cuttin' it, right? I can't believe we are pretty much in the home stretch with this pregnancy. Just shy of 7 weeks to go now...and my hunch is that it will be a bit less, maybe 5-6 weeks, based on my history. Here I am yesterday, at 33 weeks on the dot:




I can tell you I am soooooo ready...as if you haven't heard that already. I think I was ready around 7 weeks. What can I say? I miss wine...and normal exercise routines. No but seriously, we've got all the big stuff taken care of and it's all just waiting for a baby to inhabit it.

Now that we've taken the house off the market, as well as had some realtors give us some feedback on our place, I've got a little "to-doozy" list I've worked up for things Jake and I need to do, now that we plan on staying. Many of which I will end up sharing on here once complete. Here's the list so far, in no particular order {as I like to hold myself accountable by sharing this kind of stuff with you}:


  1. Repair Garage Door {Right now it doesn't work electronically and hasn't since we've owned the house. We've just lived with it by locking it manually and raising/shutting manually as needed.
  2. Build Fence Next to White Picket Fence {neighbor's} for privacy and sake of not having to view their yard {it's a rental home, so sometimes an eyesore}. The rest of our yard we have already fenced.
  3. Paint Stairwell and Upstairs Hallway to match the living room {my hubby was lazy about this when we painted the living room, but this portion is long overdue for a paint job and will create a cohesive look, while also making it brighter up there.
  4. Redo Master Closet. We really could stand to add some shelves or racks on the other side that is just a blank wall. I think it will make better use of the space.
  5. Upgrade Laundry Closet - Nicer shelving, maybe cabinets, a fun, bright paint color, etc.
  6. Backyard Landscaping - We need to do a little something out there.
  7. Build a Small Storage Shed - I'd really like to store our lawn mower and other gardening tools in something like that rather than the garage and maybe some of the larger kids' toys, so our yard doesn't always look in disarray.
  8. Put Lattice Around the A/C Unit. This will keep the dog and the kids away from it, and help prevent unnecessary damage. I'd die if my dog started chewing important cords and coils.
  9. Replace Toilet Seats. I know, yuck, right? I keep a clean toilet, but the actual seat {not the whole unit itself} in each of our bathrooms just seems dingy. It's a quick fix and something I just need to do already. {I'll spare you of me sharing this one on the blog. You're welcome.}
  10. Get My DIY Projects Going - specifically painting the wooden high chair, painting the bar cart, etc. This will obviously be after I have the baby.
  11. Finish Nursery - Mostly just need to add some art to the walls and set up some toy storage.
  12. Reorganize Office Closet - so it can function both as office/craft storage and a coat closet.

Happy Friday - Enjoy Your Weekend!



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Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Musings: Folly Beach

The weather was so nice in Charleston this weekend. It was good timing for it because we had a Folly Beach weekend planned for my father-in-law's 60th birthday. Of course, I didn't feel comfortable strutting my "stuff" in a bikini while we were at the beach, but in my defense, it wasn't that warm...and also, I'm fat {7 more weeks...}

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend {apologize in advance for pic overload!}:

Breckin and his cousin, Chase sitting on the dock.

My silly, happy boy

Foam Dart Gun Fight

Chase, Tanner and Breckin enjoying popsicles


Nana and the boys playing a game

Breckin happy with his bowling score!

Bowling Fun

He stood by the ball return all evening :-)

Tanner playing Dominoes with Dad while Papa looks on

Finally, a beach day!

Ocean Fun


My neice, Peyton

Husband and Wife Selfie

Breckin

Tanner

Silly Boy #1

Silly Boy #2

We had a great time. I will say that these kinds of events are tough on a prego because as we all know, beach vacations {and pretty much everything} are much better enjoyed with wine and cocktails. I am eager for these last weeks to go by quickly...thankfully she's coming in May, just in time to be able to enjoy my summer.

I did also get a chance to sneak away on Friday and get my hair highlighted. It's the first stage only...wanted to slowly break through the box dye that had been put on my hair so long. The next round will be a little bolder blonde, but here is what it looks like now - with all over pale blonde highlights:

Sorry for the stringy hair pic - lol!


And this is sort of the look I'm going for - I just really love the shade of blonde used here. I may leave a little more brown in mine though:

{via}

Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend too!



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Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Musings & My Baby Girl Sprinkle

Happy Monday, all!

I had a great weekend, got to see a lot of friends thanks to having my Baby Girl Sprinkle on Saturday. I didn't get a lot of pictures, I can be so bad about that! It was a lot of fun though and I'm so thankful to everyone that came and made it possible. I am so ready to meet my baby girl. Just less than 2 months now!

My favorite part of the Sprinkle was definitely painting the onesies...










They turned out so cute! I think I may have found a new fun hobby for making some of Baby Girl's outfits.




I didn't realize how round my face has gotten until I saw the above pic! I am bummed I didn't get a picture with everyone attending, but so thankful for everyone that could come. {Yowza, look at that belly button!}

I am 31.5 weeks today and it is St. Paddy's so I found myself a green shirt that fit {and it's non-maternity!} and took this pic this morning:




I can't believe how close it's getting, yet at the same time I can't believe I have almost two months to go! I am so ready to be done and meet this little lady.

Since it is St. Paddy's and I'm also obsessed with rainbows...I had to share what I just purchased off of Etsy for my daughter:




Isn't it to die for? OMG...I can't wait to see her in it. I have to thank my friend, Julie, for posting a pic on Facebook this morning of her baby girl sleeping in a rainbow sleeper {which she's so sweetly offered to set aside for me once she grows out of it}...it's what got me searching online for rainbow outfits for baby girls.

In other news, I'm thinking of revealing baby's name. My mom knows...and now, thanks to Breckin, Jake's mom and dad also know. It's sort of ruining the big baby's arrival reveal for me. I may find a cute way to announce it on Facebook and here...so I'm brainstorming at the moment. Stay tuned for a possible earlier than planned announcement! {In the meantime, stay away from my mom and in-laws.}

Have a great week!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Five Things

Well, first of all...let me apologize for my lack of posts this week. Between work and all the craziness of keeping our house clean around the clock in case of home showings, I've just been too exhausted and uninspired for this blog of mine. Pregnancy doesn't help that cause either.

But there are a few things of note this week and I wanted to stop in, share them with you and let y'all know I'm still here.





{one}

I got my first ever gel manicure this week and let me tell you I'm hooked.


When I used to get my nails done in the past, I always went for the acrylic French tip, but that is a little out of style now, and not to mention, wreaks havoc on your nails. With the gel manicure, there's no filing of your actual nail, so when it comes off, they are not ruined. You also get to keep the length you worked so hard to reach! It lasts around two weeks and looks shiny and perfect, even after tackling house cleaning and lots of typing on the computer. I am convinced this is a saving grace for mommies out there...it wasn't even expensive to do, so I can definitely see myself going in every few weeks! While I was there, I also took advantage of a spa pedicure in the massage chair...felt so nice on my aching pregnant back.

{two}

My Baby Girl Sprinkle is tomorrow! I'm looking forward to celebrating this baby girl with some good friends. I have no idea what I'm going to wear as I swear nothing looks good on me anymore. The weather is supposed to be 70 and no rain...so hopefully I can just swing a comfortable maxi dress. This is the reason I got my nails done this week, by the way!

{three}

We have our first home showing today since putting it on the market last week. Wouldn't it be nice if they made an offer and then we were done with the whole home-showing phase of this? Fingers crossed on that one...though I know it's not likely to get a sale from your first viewer. I'm anxious because I want to know when we will be moving, so I can look ahead and plan...with a baby very close to arriving, it's a little nerve-racking to not know exactly what's going on with our living situation in the coming months. We think we have found the area we'd like to purchase in...we will be able to get much more space than we have now...so just waiting on an offer on ours, so we can make our move on something.

{four}

I hit 31 weeks this week, meaning I am in the single digits for weeks left! I have never gone over my due date, so there's no reason to believe I will this time. In fact, I feel it will be around 38-39 weeks. Tanner was a due date baby, Breckin was six days early, and I'm guessing {hoping} this girl will make her appearance around 8-12 days early. I am now seeing my doc every two weeks and then around 35-36 weeks, it will be once a week. I am sooooo ready to be done. I swear this gets harder every time...more aches, more pains and more weight with each one. Seems to be the case with me anyway! This is definitely our last...I will consider Mission Smith Family: Complete. I've got my work cut out for me post-pregnancy and I certainly want this to be the last time I'll have to fight to reclaim my figure.

{five}

I think I'm out for #5...all I can say is the weather looks to be getting nicer and I can't wait to get back to the beach. We are headed to Folly Beach next weekend for my father-in-law's 60th birthday...no swimsuit for me or anything, but will be nice to play with my boys in the sand! Hello, Spring {finally}!




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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pregnancy Questionnaire


How did you find out you were pregnant?  I always have a sense of just knowing, so I always find out extremely early since I start testing as soon as the test says it will work. With each child, I got my positive within 2 weeks from ovulation.
What kind of Pregnancy test did you take?  First Response I believe, or the generic version of that. I also had a couple dollar store ones {those are actually pretty good tests!}
How many?  In total, including my doc's test...I believe 6.
What were your 1st symptoms?  I think it was probably "the girls" being over-sensitive.
Who did you tell first?  My husband
Who was with you when you found out?  Jake, sort of. I took the test in the bathroom. He didn't know I was taking it. 
My 1st reaction:  I think I was a little apprehensive...I'm a thinker, so of course the thought of a 3rd child and what that meant for our finances popped into my mind. I was happy too, but it was overall a large mix of different emotions.
Was your baby planned?  No, we were still in that "up in the air" stage as to whether we wanted any more kids. I was also scared to have a third boy, so wasn't sure I wanted to try for a girl. 
When was the baby conceived?  Aug 22. One single oops in our pregnancy prevention method.
How far were you when you found out?  Gestationally, I was a day shy of 4 weeks, but I found out September 4th for certain at the doc's office, so that was 12 days from the deed that did it.
How did your parents react?  They weren't all happy-crazy {it is our 3rd after all}, just said their "congrats" and asked if we'd been trying.
How did you announce to "the world"? After we told the immediate family, we announced on Facebook and my blog with this photo:

My baby
Due Date:  5.15.14
Do you know the sex?  Wasn't trying, and I got my GIRL.
Any names?  Yes, we have a name picked out. Keeping it under wraps until she's born.
Any Ultrasounds? One at 9 weeks, a gender scan {that I paid for} at 16 weeks and our anatomy scan at 19 weeks.
Have you heard the heart beat?  I hear it at every appt. She's consistently been in the high 130s/low 140s.
Who do you think it will look like? I'm actually at a loss for this one. I think she will look similar to my boys in a sibling way, but I'm really hoping she gets the dark black/brown hair that my parents and younger brother have, my blue eyes and Jake's tan skin tone.
Will the baby have siblings?  Tanner, 8 and Breckin, 3. Also our Boston Bulldog, Sugar.
Have you felt the baby move?  She moves a lot...I feel she is awake more than she sleeps.
Miscellaneous
Did you have morning sickness?  Not really. I would get slight nausea and dizziness that was cured by me just getting something on my stomach. I've been that way with all of my pregnancies.
Did you have any cravings?  Mexican food, mac-n-cheese, Skittles - all things that are bad.
Did you have any mood swings?  I do feel I'm more emotional in this pregnancy...easily frustrated and angered.
Are you a high risk pregnancy?  No.
Any complications?  Not at this time....and hopefully never!
Formula or Breastfeeding?  I'm going to try breastfeeding again. I made it 4 weeks with Tanner and 7-8 weeks with Breckin. I really want to make it a lot longer this time.
Have you bought anything for the baby yet?  She has just about everything she needs, with the exception of a swing and a few minor things. I have my baby shower next weekend, so we'll see after that.
When did you start to show?  Way too early. Probably as early as 8-10 weeks I was getting a little pudgy. The 3rd just gets right out there and down to business.
{12 Weeks, 1 Day}

How long could you wear your regular clothes?  For a while, but eventually I chose maternity purely for comfort's sake - at least the jeans.
Will you keep the baby’s clothes?  No, this is our last baby.
Home or Hospital?  Hospital. 
Natural or Medicated birth?  I held out until 9.5cm with Breckin before they were finally able to get me my epidural. It was very painful and intense, but I know I can make it that far. I'd like to see it all the way through without the epidural, but I also like the more relaxed feeling I get when I have the epidural...so we'll see.
Who will be in the delivery room with you?  Jake, Doc and nurses.
Do you think you will need a C-section?  No. I've had two easily successful vaginal births, so I have no reason not to expect the same with this one. 
Will you cry when you hold the baby for the 1st time? I honestly don't think I ever have...I'm not heartless, but my emotions swing the other way...just happy, and a little tired/overwhelmed. I've never been much of a crier in general.
What’s the 1st thing you might say to the baby?  I haven't ever really thought about that.
Will you let anyone video tape the birth?  No.
Are you excited?  Nervous-Excited. Our lives are going to be going through a lot of changes once she arrives.
Who will help you with the baby after the birth?  I really don't know. My mom doesn't live near us. I think once Jake goes back to work after a couple days, I will be on my own!
What is your favorite thing about being pregnant?  To be honest, I really don't like being pregnant. This is my 3rd, so I'm really not enjoying it and I'm eagerly awaiting for the end. Feeling the baby move is the only cool thing about it to me. Everything else just plain sucks.
What is the worst thing about being pregnant? For me, it's gaining weight and having to start all over again on my body afterward.
What’s one thing you miss doing since being pregnant?  Drinking socially and stylish outfits. I try with maternity clothes, but it's really just not flattering no matter what I do.
Any days you wish you were not pregnant?  In the sense that I could have my body back, yes, everyday. In the sense that I really want this little girl I'm cookin', no.
Are you ready for a baby?  This is as ready as I'm going to get...I sort of know by now what's to come. The only thing right now is that we just listed our house for sale, so there's a little chance we may be moving when I'm due, or shortly after I have her, so that's going to be a little crazy and stressful, but we will survive.
Do you have insurance?  Yes.
How many kids do you want?  This is #3 and this is it.
Do you talk to the baby?  Not really...I mostly just rub her when she moves around...and I know she hears my car concerts.
Do you still feel attractive?  No, I'm two months from my due date and I'm huge.
{29 Weeks}

Have you had your baby shower yet?  No, it is March 15th.
Do you like kids?  I love my kids {and sometimes don't really like them at the same time, lol}, but in general, I do like other people's kids, however, now that I have my own, I'm not as apt to want to hold other people's kids or deal with them, if that makes sense. I'm already tired and busy with my own! But I think kids are great, I've had many jobs that centered around working with them, even special needs ones. 
How far along are you now?  30 weeks today...almost eviction time.


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Musings

I'm a little late getting this to you this Monday, but I must say, I had quite the exhausting weekend. I spent most of it cleaning our house top to bottom. We're talking baseboards and everything, folks. Yes, at 29 weeks pregnant. I did draw the line at hand-scrubbing the stone floors in the kitchen to get all the crud out of the grout...so Jake lovingly handled that one for me. He also power-washed the exterior while I went through the crazy mess that was our garage. Now we can actually see the floors in there! A lot more stuff was moved to storage to create the illusion of space for home showings.



The good news is, we signed the paperwork with our realtor this weekend and our house officially goes on the market tomorrow!

We are really excited - this feels like a new chapter in our lives. We are not changing states, or even cities, for that matter, but eventually moving into a larger home with our soon-to-be family of five just feels very exciting. I can't believe we are really adding a baby girl to this family in just a couple months. A lot of things are changing - new house, new addition and I will even be a SAHM for a good while. All positive changes that I am looking forward to.

Unfortunately, due to all the craziness of the weekend, we ate out a lot. I've been trying not to do that during this pregnancy, but sometimes, it's just what works for the time we have. I am making sure to stay on track this week though...I even made a late night run to the grocery store last night after I made my menu plan while Jake got the boys put to bed just to ensure I wouldn't have an excuse not to make a homemade meal each night. This morning, I got up early to fill the Crockpot with all the ingredients to make this dish:


{Crockpot Cheese Tortellini and Sausage}

I've never made it before so I hope it tastes as good as it looks. To make the recipe less fat and calories, I used fat-free cream cheese and 98% fat-free chicken broth. I also doubled the recipe to fill our Crockpot - will be nice for Jake and I to have leftovers for lunches at work. I love Crockpots - what's not to love about having dinner already made when you get home?

In other news, I will be 30 weeks pregnant on Thursday. Finally in the 30s...this is the real countdown now. Baby girl is moving around so much now...I swear she hardly sleeps! {This may be foretelling of the days and nights to come...} I think it's funny how it still freaks Jake out a little bit to feel her move. Breckin even got to feel her kick his hand the other day.

These next couple of months look to be pretty busy, and with the warmer weather on its way as well I'm hoping the remainder of this pregnancy seemingly flies by!

Have a great week! xx



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