Aug 23, 2016

30 Week Bump Date

How far along: 30 Weeks

Baby Size: Cantaloupe, roughly 3.5lbs

Maternity clothes: Half and half. Maternity bottoms, but many of my stretchy shirts and maxi dresses still fit well
Stretch marks: No new ones, just the ones I gained while pregnant with Bubba.
Sleep: I am sleeping great. No complaints.  It is hard getting in and out of bed sometimes, but it does not affect my sleep one bit. Hubs gives me a little push to help out...even when half asleep.
Gender: Vivian!

Movement: Petit Bebe is very active when awake, I am noticing while her activity is consistent, but is starting to mellow out as she runs out of room...not experiencing as many judo kicks and punches, but rather just gentle movements and hiccups.

Best moment this week: Passed glucose test last week.  I always get nervous about that test as my Mama had Gestational Diabetes while pregnant with me. Glad to have that behind me.

Looking forward to: Completing the nursery. Hubs got the room painted, furniture moved in and some decorations hung! Ready to add some color to her room now.

Food cravings: I am still craving warm comfort food like beans and greens and black bean chili. I have had more beans than I care to admit with this pregnancy.


  Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.


Labor Signs: No labor signs. I have had a few Braxton-Hicks contractions where my stomach felt extremely rigid and tight, but not on a regular basis.


What I miss: A good drink. Hubs and I have always enjoyed trying new wines and bourbons together. I am looking forward to a beautiful drink of cozy bourbon soon after Vivian is born.


Symptoms: No horrible symptoms still. My lower back hurts towards the end of the day and my ankles continue to swell pretty bad, but I am not complaining. Overall, my body seems to handle pregnancy well...but I am going to keep my mouth shut, I still have to get through 10 more weeks!


Nursery: In progress! Crib, changing table, glider and lamp are all in there.  Now all we need to do is finish getting Petit Bebe's bedding and get stuff hung on the walls.


Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On 

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Aug 22, 2016

Monday, I'm not here...knock again on Tuesday!

| Friday |

Bubba discovered "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses on Friday.  He is one of those that gets into lyrics and will have the song memorized within the next 4 times he hears the song.  It is such a sweet song, mainly meant for daughters, but I told Bubba that he was my sweet child of mine...He responded "No, this is my song for Vivian.  It makes me think of her." I just thought it was the sweetest thing. There is no doubt he is going to be an amazing big brother.

I took one of my besties out for lunch Friday afternoon because she is leaving the university that we both work for. She has a new opportunity and I am so excited for her.  We have been friends since she started working at the university and I am so thankful for her friendship!

| Saturday |

Hubs has been working hard on the nursery giving it a fresh coat of paint and hanging up some of the items that I have been stashing away for the walls.  We still have a lot to do, but it feels nice to have the nursery at least ready enough in the event of an early delivery!  One major change coming to the nursery is some much needed color!

Bubba had his first baseball practice of the season on Saturday and did phenomenal. He is on a team with two of his buddies from his spring ball team and I can already tell it is going to be a great season.  He has really improved in all areas of the game since the spring.  He got to try pitcher position at the first practice and it fit him like a glove. He really enjoyed it. It is miserable sitting in the sun during ball practices and games during late summer, but boy is it worth it!  After a very hot practice, Bubba requested a cool foot bath...I obliged!

We had Hub's friend of 20+ years, his wife and kids over for supper Saturday night.  Bubba and his son were born 14 days a part, so they always play really well together. They also have a little girl who was smitten with the hubs!  The kids played really well together and the parents had a chance to eat a meal and actually have some adult conversation.  One of the great things about living in hubs smallish hometown is the old friends of his that I have gained.

| Sunday |

We had movie morning! We watched Man of Steel and hubs cooked scrambled eggs and bacon for Bubba and me.  I ate all the eggs he put on my plate, only to find out he had put 4 eggs on there!!! I ate every bit of them! After breakfast, I put a bunch of chicken breasts and a box of stock in the crock-pot to cook all day so we could have prepared shredded chicken for our meals throughout the week. Now that fall ball has started, we have to be ON TOP of our game. This week we will be having two nights of Greek Lemon Chicken Soup along with side salad and Oven Chicken Tacos!

After movie morning, hubs got ready to go play golf with the friend who came over the night before and Bubba and I spent the afternoon at the pool.  After we finished at the pool we went out to the garden and picked 5 huge watermelons along with some other produce such as okra, peppers and eggplant. We really enjoyed having the chance to grow a big garden. It would not have been possible without the help of my Mother-in-Law, especially her letting us use her land to do it! Looking forward to the day we move a little further out to the country, somewhere on hubs homeplace property.

After pool and garden, Bubba and I came home to start on homework for the week.  We worked on his sight words and also on his poster project that is due on Friday. We have finished all the writing for the poster, now he just needs to decorate it and make it colorful.  Bubba has a test every Friday on his sight words and so far he has made 100% every week.  It is a struggle sometimes to get him to work on his sight words, because he gets upset when he doesn't get it right the first time, but overall he has been such a champ!

Check out my Kindergarten Pinterest board with ideas on how to support your Kindergartner's learning experiences!

Happy Monday, y'all! Have a great week!

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Aug 12, 2016

life changes in a mere week!

Life has been a whirlwind this summer.  Bubba has been in summer camp all summer, I have been super busy at work, preparing incoming freshman for their first semester of college, and Bubba turned 5 at the end of summer which I was not prepared for.  The week after he turned 5 we attended an open house at Bubba's new school and later that night I bawled because I was so overwhelmed at the size of everything...For the first time in years he looked so small...

The Dude started an Elementary School...not in a daycare/ actual school. 


The first day was extremely hard for all three of us...Turns out Bubba was more overwhelmed than he let on initially...

It is always so hard on Hubs and me to see our son crying in fear.  Hubs did a great job of concealing emotions, although he teared up pretty bad.  Finally we just had to leave Bubba crying in his new room, knowing he would be fine within 5 minutes of us leaving.  I made it out the classroom door and bawled again.  I do not recommend being pregnant when your child hits such a major milestone.

 He has LOVED school ever since.  Bubba is like me in that he hates change initially and can get pretty worked up over it...but once the band-aid is ripped off were fine.

With Bubba and most of my emotions situated, I have been easing in to our new routine.  There are many lifestyle changes that come with this milestone...

Bathrooms: In his school there are boys and girls bathrooms with multiple stalls, unlike his Pre-K that had one stall for boys and one for girls.  So now, when I am in the school with him and he needs to go, I have to wait out in the hall for him to go to the restroom.  I wigged out a little the first time I had to do this. 

Car Rider Drop Off: I no longer walk him to his room and make sure he is situated. Now he gets out of the car and walks himself in to school.  The first couple of days it was hard to see him walk away from the car all by himself and disappear behind the doors of the school...without me.  It is still not easy, but he seems confident so that makes me feel better about it.

Packing Lunches: It was hard the first couple of days to gauge how much was enough to pack in his lunch and what will hold up well in the event he decides to use his lunch box as a ball to toss or a make-believe shield. So far we have done PB + J and Pizza Roll-Ups along with fruits, carrots, cheese and white cheddar pop-corn or cheerios.  Not all in one day, mind you!  Trying to keep lunches fresh and interesting is also hard sometimes.

PTO & Sports: I always said I would be a "soccer mom" and be on the I actually am both of those things.  Bubba has been on a sports team since he was barely 3, so that is nothing new for our family.  It is exhausting, especially getting Bubba to all of his games, but I am looking forward to another season of baseball and helping out on the PTO as much as I can before baby girl gets here in October.

My life has changed more in the last week than it has since Bubba was born.  I was not at all prepared for just how enormous of a milestone starting Kindergarten would be, but I sure am glad the band-aid has been ripped off and we now comfortable with our new routines.

Here's another thing that has been developing over the last couple of weeks...

Petit Bebe is running out of room and we began the third trimester over a week ago...How is this happening?!?

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Jul 14, 2016

Bump Date

How far along: 25 weeks!

Baby Size: About the size of a cauliflower and weighs over 1.5 lbs

Maternity clothes: Half and half. Maternity bottoms, but many of my stretchy shirts and maxi dresses still fit well
Stretch marks: None yet, just the faint ones that were already there from having Bubba
Sleep: Awesome! I never had an issue sleeping with Bubba either, just the occasional trip to the restroom
Gender: Vivian!

Movement: She is extremely active when awake and seems to become more active when I am still versus when I am walking/cooking/etc.

Best moment this week: Bubba has started kissing my belly goodbye when I drop him off at Summer Camp each day. It melts my heart. Vivian is so loved already.

Looking forward to: working on the nursery. Vivian is your typical second baby in that we have not really been in a hurry to get everything done.

Food cravings: BEANS. Black Bean Soup, Pinto Beans and Greens, Chili.   Every now and then I crave chicken salad sandwiches...but if I am being honest I always crave those
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. In my first and early second trimester I could not stand the smell of fish, it doesn't bother me so much now.
Labor Signs: Nope. Sweet Vivian is just continuing to bake away!
What I miss: White wine spritzers. I love them in the summer. Luckily, once baby girl is born it will be colder weather which means I will be able to indulge in a good glass of bourbon here and there.
Symptoms: No major symptoms outside of severe fatigue during the super hot southern summer days.  Ankles swell when the heat is really bad, but on mild summer days they swell very little.
Nursery: Bare. Crib and lamp are in there. We have changing table and glider, just got to get them in there. Hubs is going to give the room a fresh coat of paint before moving anything else in there.
Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Calm, but anxious. So ready to get stuff ready for baby girl, but haven't had the time and energy.  We are really trying to savor our last few weeks of summer with Bubba.  We are trying to go swimming and fishing as much as we can with him and just really letting him do the summer thing.  His birthday is in a few weeks, then right after that he will be starting Kindergarten at a new school and will start fall sports...We have a lot of transitions to get through before Vivian is here and it is important to me that we focus on Bubba first and foremost for now. 

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Jul 6, 2016

Maybe she was meant to be among the wildflowers

Ever since I found out I was having a girl, I have been obsessing over her nursery.  I had a lot of fun decorating my son's nursery five years ago, but let's face it, boys decor is much more limited.  You slap on some blue, throw a plaid quilt down and hang a red pick-up truck or a john deere tractor and you are done.  With girls, there are so many possibilities.  I am decorating this room for my daughter as much as I am for myself.  I want to be surrounded with beautiful, saturated floral illustrations.  I want it to feel whimsical, wild, romantic as well as a little bit bohemian. I really don't want everything to completely match.  I want her room to be visually stimulating. 

As a mama who is currently outnumbered by boys our house palette and decor stays extremely nuetral...This room will be anything but THAT!

This idea board embodies a perfect nursery for a little southern belle named Vivian.


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Jun 7, 2016

Week 19 Bebe Stats

Week 18 was uneventful, pregnancy wise.  Just how I like it.  Week 18 was also full of car troubles for multiple cars, but small potatoes can't weigh us down.  Hubs has managed to fix a majority of our car troubles. Sure, it may only be temporary...but everything is, isn't it?

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Jun 3, 2016

Friday Bebe

1 |

I announced last week that I was pregnant with our second child, a baby girl!  Hubs and I had such fun keeping the news in our immediate circle and surprising everyone that not only was I close to 18 weeks pregnant at the time, but were having a girl too!  We told a few people, but not many.  I did not even tell my parents until I was entering my second trimester..That's how quiet we were in the beginning! We really loved the enthusiastic responses and looks on people's faces when we surprised them with the news.

2 |

So the question we are getting asked now is if we have a named picked out for baby girl.  The answer is no.  I have two names that I love and can't really see past and he has two names that he really likes.  We do not like the names the other suggests...This is what happens when not only opposites attract, but also get married and make babies!

3 |

Hubs surprised me with tickets to see Dave Matthews Band in Atlanta last weekend and it was AMAZING!!  It was truly the best concert I have ever been to. We were on the lawn, which was perfect for the pregnant girl who gets tired of standing in place easy. Hubs and I had such an amazing time together.  They performed one of my all time favorites "You and Me" and it was incredible live. It gives me chills thinking about it.  My favorite line always rocks me "And when the kids are old enough, were gonna teach them to fly!"  Bubba knew we were going to the concert and was bummed he couldn't go, but asked that I get a video of "You and Me" so I did!  Love our music-loving family.

4 |

Hubs planted flowers back in early April and I am so enjoying the blooms from his labor.  Hydrangeas, Knock-Out Roses and Sunflowers are always amazing!  He worked with his Mama over on her land where they planted rows of watermelons, peppers, corn, tomatoes and various squashes.  I am looking forward to enjoying all the fruits of his labor. 

5 |

Summer is finally here!  From Memorial Day to Labor Day you will find us down by the pool or fishing at the pond at my Mother-in-Laws during any free time we have.  We are truly lucky to have such a great space to spend time with family and friends all summer enjoying the southern sunshine! Now if Zika mosquitoes can just stay away from that area we will be good to go!!!

 I hope y'all have an amazing weekend!

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