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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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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Linking up with some of my favorite friday blogs!!

Jun 1, 2016

18 Week Bebe

I kinda can't believe I am already almost half way through!  I have said this to my Hubs ad nauseum, but it is true when they say the second pregnancy flies by! I should have posted this a couple of days ago...but oh well...

There you have it.  I feel so lucky to feel pretty good overall.  I was blessed to not have any issues or symptoms while pregnant with Bubba and so far this pregnancy is going the same way.

Happy Hump Day! 

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May 26, 2016

Sweet Little News...

So I've been pretty quiet around these parts.  We have had a busy spring full of baseball, Hubs job promotion and intense travel, school and maybe one other little thing is worth mentioning...

We are expecting!!!  This is not a drill! I promise it is true and it is a secret we have been keeping since February!  I am due on Halloween and could not be happier.  It took us a while after Bubba was born to feel ready, and we still don't really feel ready nearly 5 years later #letsbehonest, but something clicked in us both around New Years and now the proof is this sweet bun in the oven.

We are absolutely over the moon about having a daughter.  Bubba has been asking for a baby sister since he was two years old.  I never imagined myself as the mother of a precious daughter and have always been slightly terrified of the notion...but when I saw our sweet babe on the ultrasound and learned we were expecting a daughter, nothing felt more natural and meant to be.  Hubs is already wrapped around her itsy-bitsy fingers.  We are so in love with our sweet daughter already. 
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Apr 27, 2016

Bubba's Playlist

Bubba is quite a fun kid to have around.  One of the many reasons for this is his pretty stellar, and eclectic, taste in music.  He truly appreciates music from almost every genre.  We never really got into children's music and he never really wanted to, with the exception of the Ghostbusters theme song and the Ninja Rap on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  I thought I would share songs that get played in our car on the way to school and ball games every week...

1. Long Cool Woman by The Hollies

Bubba has been requesting this song since he was probably two years old.  Now he requests for me to "turn up the bass so he can feel it"  He rocks out to this song and sings every word

2. Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Everyday by Luke Bryan

This is a newer one that has made the list in the last month.  We listen to this at least three times a day.  Bubba has always loved Luke Bryan since he first heard "We Rode in Trucks"  I think the main reason he loves this song is that he is dead set on going hunting with his Daddy this fall and he loves to fish.  He is a little country boy at heart and loves to be outside in the country exploring.

3. Get Back by The Beatles

This has been an inside joke for my family.  We will just randomly start asking each other "Who's Jo-Jo?  Bubba thinks it is hilarious.  We started doing that after listening to this song when Bubba was 2 or 3.  It is now a regular in our house.

4. Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

Bubba discovered Coldplay this winter.  Since we don't have cable, one of the things we enjoy watching is music videos on YouTube.  It can be a challenge to find music videos that are appropriate.  Enter Coldplay.  Not only are they extremely talented musicians, but there is no filth in their videos making for easy family watching.

5. She'll Leave You With a Smile by George Strait

Bubba has always been mesmerized by George Strait and has always wanted to be him.  When he has on jeans, boots and a nice button down shirt he always says he looks like George Strait.  Hey, there are far worse role models out there.  George is about as classy as they come.  This is just one of the few songs of his that Bubba loves.

6. Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

This is a song, and music video, that I made sure to expose Bubba to, and one that he has clung to ever since.  The song has had a profound effect on me.  The video is amazingly beautiful.  When Bubba asks for the song he says "I want the Tim McGraw song with all the different kinds of people."  Hubs and I try very hard to raise him to be humble and kind...towards ALL people, no matter their differences.  We are all brothers and sisters after all.  This song is an easy way to put lessons we want him to learn into words. I love listening to Bubba's quiet voice sing along.

Some other honorable mentions:

Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Drag Me Down: One Direction
Live and Die by The Avett Brothers
Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
The Cave and ANY song by Mumford & Sons
Jackson by Johnny & June Carter Cash


I have to say I don't hate his music taste.  If there is one thing we all have in common as a family it is our love and our basic need to have music in our life.  What do your kids listen to?

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