Friday, December 19, 2014

The Last Friday Before Christmas! {Friday Link Ups}

Am I the only one that can't believe that this is the last Friday before Christmas? This time next week, it will all be over for another year:( Part of me is thrilled that we are only 6 days away from the big celebration. And part of me is already sad that it's come and gone so quickly this year, along with a bit stressed about all I still have to get done before December 25th arrives!

Before I get bogged down with a litany of "to do" lists, let's get to our Friday link ups. You can check out who I am linking up with below.

1| My Grown Up Boy
B took Caleb to get a haircut last week, and I just can't get over how grown up he has looked ever since then. This was only his second official haircut, but both times he's gotten one, I feel like he has lost a bit more of the baby in him. So...I've decided. He's never getting a haircut again. He's not allowed to grow up. Nope. Nope. Nope.

2| A Christmas Card Kerfuffle
After a little kerfuffle with Shutterfly (who I've always had great experiences with in the past), I was panicking thinking that my Christmas cards would not go out on time. I called them early this week wondering when I was going to get a shipment update on my order...Just to find out that my order had never made it to FedEx. Thank God I called, or who knows where my cards would be. Shutterfly immediately reprocessed the order and was able to get them shipped to me yesterday. I spent Caleb's entire naptime furiously addressing each card, but they all went out this morning, so hopefully everyone will receive their card before the holiday. Nothing like cutting it close.

3| The Best Maternity Pants
Several of you asked about the pants I am wearing in the pictures below (which are from a post earlier this week). They are Gap maternity. And they are the best! Unfortunately, they were purchased during my pregnancy with Caleb and are out of stock now. However, this pair is very similar to the ones that I have. They don't have the zippers around the ankle, but otherwise look to be the exact same pant. They are super soft, super comfy, and super flattering, so if you are pregnant, take a look at these (which are also on sale!) I may just be grabbing a pair for myself!

4| Holiday Partying with a Bump
Tonight, B and I will be attending the annual holiday party at the home of one of the orthopedic surgeons that B works with. Well, trying to attend, I should say. Every plan is always completely contingent on B's work schedule. If a trauma comes in, all bets are off. But for now, I am planning on it unless I hear otherwise. I've got a black, open-back, gold sequined tunic top on the rack and ready to wear with either leather leggings or a pair of opaque black tights. It's flowy and comfy and cute, and only shows a tiny hint of the bump I am sporting. I'm super excited about the opportunity to dress up and celebrate the holidays! Fingers crossed that we are able to go.

5| A Vow to Enjoy
My friend Amy and I have been hosting a 12 Days of Cheer series (see below for more info) in an effort to help remember the little things that sometimes get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season. In the spirit of this mindset, and with only 6 days left to go, I am going to make a concerted effort to really enjoy these last few days of the holiday season. To drink that cup of hot chocolate I've been meaning to make. To sit by the light of the Christmas tree, and just admire the twinkle (without the tv on, without the computer on my lap, and without my phone in my hand). To sit down and finally make that craft with Caleb I've been meaning to do for weeks now. To contemplate the things I am thankful for at this time of year, and allow myself to feel joy over the wonderful things to come in the new year.

If you'd like to participate in any of the fun Friday link ups going on around blogland today, be sure to visit any of the following blogs:

5 on Friday with April of A. Liz Adventrues, Christina of Carolina Charm, Natasha of Hello! Happiness, and Darcy of The Good Life.


Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife!

And Friday Favorites with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love.


Welcome to day 10 of the 12 Days of Cheer series! I can't believe that there's only 2 days left in our 12 day series! It's gone by so fast. 

Today's bit of cheer comes from my favorite new ornament on our tree this year. I purchased this one as part of a tradition that B and I started last year for Caleb's first Christmas. Every year, we purchase one ornament for our tree that signifies our sweet son. And we purchase one ornament for him, that will one day go with him when he moves out of our house to a home of his own and a Christmas tree of his own. That way, when he's grown, he'll have a head start on an ornament collection, and they will all be sentimental ones that mean something from each year that he spent growing up in his Mama and Daddy's house. This ornament for 2014 is a sweet little train with his name on it. Caleb is all boy, and this train could not be a better indicator of the things he is interested in - cars, trucks, trains, planes. Things that move and make noise! 

If you have a bit of cheer you'd like to share with Amy or I as part of our series, grab the button above to include in your post, and then let us know in our comments section. Days 11 and 12 will be Monday and Tuesday of next week, so it's not too late to participate for a day or two if you are interested. Happy weekend!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Baby K #2 {20 Weeks}

First of all, thank you all so much for your sweet words in response to yesterday's post. We were so excited to share our sweet baby girl's name, and loved hearing your positive thoughts about it!

How Far Along: 20 weeks, 4 days (or 21 weeks, 4 days - not quite sure now)

Weight Gain: As of my 20 week appointment on Tuesday, I am up about 11 pounds. And because baby girl is weighing in at a full pound, I like to think that the weight is now being shared between us:)
Symptoms: Experienced some severe pain and pressure that started late last week. An impromptu visit to the doctor to get checked out resulted in a diagnosis of round ligament pain and stretching, along with a call for modified bed rest. The pain made it hard to walk, and kept me up in the night for several days, but has thankfully tapered off. Aside from those fun symptoms, I am feeling good now, and have most of my energy back. Which is SO welcome! I have a lot to get done!

Cravings/Aversions: No real cravings. Except possibly Christmas cookies. Yum. And no strong aversions right now - still just not wanting Mexican.

What I am Missing:  Nothing much right now. I could definitely enjoy a Coca Cola - especially one out of a Christmas can with Santa on it, but that's about it.

Size Of Baby: Week 20, baby is the size of a banana (10 1/2 ounces, 6 1/2 inches long). According to our scan this week, baby girl is actually a full pound now,which is putting her about a week ahead of what we thought.

Sleep: Still sleeping good, and not having to do too many middle-of-the-night bathroom trips. For some reason, I can't go to sleep until late though. This pregnancy is turning me into a bit of a night owl.
Workouts: Caleb and I took a grand total of one walk this week. Over achievers, I know. But seriously, with the pain and pressure I experienced last week, walking hasn't been a priority. Hoping to get back to it next week.
Clothing:  It has begun. In the past week or so, I have rocked three pairs of maternity pants. They are definitely comfier than my pre-preggo ones, but are still a bit big - I find myself hitching them up every few minutes, which is annoying. But, with a growing belly, I know they will only get more comfortable. These, these and these are my favorite options right now (and are all on sale). As are these - the best leggings of all time - which are non-maternity. I am still wearing mostly pre-preggo shirts and sweaters, but have started to rotate a few maternity basics into the mix. Loving these long-sleeved tees and this comfy top, which are perfect for throwing on to run around. And this sweater, which can be dressed up or down, and is long enough for leggings and boots (you can see pictures of me wearing it here). Otherwise, I have not invested in many maternity items, and do not plan to. I do plan to do a maternity style/clothing post soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Gender: A baby GIRL! Our sweet little Vivian Pearl! 

Nursery: Still waiting until after Christmas before we really get to work on this. And will be decorating a nursery and a big boy room all at once. Like I said, I've got a lot to do!

Best Moment This Week: Getting the wonderful news at our anatomy scan this week that baby girl is healthy, thriving, and looks perfect so far. She was squirming all around on the ultrasound, and clocked in with a beautiful heartbeat of exactly 150 bpm. Such a blessing. Every mama knows what it feels like going into that milestone scan - you're excited to see the baby, but also terribly anxious, knowing that each vital organ will be measured and studied to be sure that all is normal. Here's one of the recent shots of her profile. Look at that itty little nose!

As a side note, during the appointment, I was told that I have a partial placenta previa. This means that the baby's placenta is partially covering the opening to the cervix. Though this poses no danger to the baby, a mother with a placenta previa will require a c-section birth, or risk hemorrhaging during labor (so scary!) The doctor is confident that my placenta will move over on its own, so prayers that it does indeed move would be much appreciated. My greatest wish would be for another uncomplicated vaginal birth just like Caleb's! 

Looking Forward To:  Celebrating Christmas! This weekend, we have a holiday party hosted by the doctors that B works with and get-togethers with both sides of B's family. Then next week, my family is coming down on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Day, we will be celebrating the day with just our little family of three (though I'm sure some grandparents will pop by at some point during the day!) So excited to begin the festivities!


In all of the excitement of sharing our big name reveal yesterday, I totally forgot to share a bit of cheer for Amy's and my 12 Days of Cheer series. So, today, you will be getting a double dose: days 8 and 9 all mixed together!

Day 8
Our Christmas countdown calendar! It hangs on the pantry door in the kitchen, and every morning, Caleb and I move Santa to mark one more day down until Christmas. He loves pulling the little Santa head out of the pocket and moving it to the next one. He always gives me a high five after he does it, and his delighted smile brightens my morning. Since he's a bit young to understand an advent calendar, this simple countdown calendar works perfectly for us!

Day 9 
The annual Michael Buble Christmas in New York special. I love Michael Buble. I love Christmas. I love New York. It's a winning combination. But, this year? Michael did a duet with Barbara Streisand. The Barbara Streisand. They sang a holiday version of "It Had to be You." And I died. It was absolutely beautiful. The talent on that stage could not be contained. Michael Buble is the Frank Sinatra of our generation, and pairing his voice with Christmas music? Well, that's my happy place.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Her Name

We've known baby girl's name for a few weeks now. It's been hard to keep it quiet, but I wanted to wait until after our 20 week anatomy scan before sharing, just in case. You know, just in case we ended up with a bit of a surprise and were told that we'd need to start stocking up on more blue instead of pink. It happens more often than you'd think.

However, the scan went well. She is definitely still a girl. So, I am here today to share our baby girl's name. 

Picking out a girl name was a bit easier for us than picking out a boy name was back when I was pregnant with Caleb. Though we didn't have a definite front-runner at first, our list was relatively short, so it didn't take long to narrow it down. We love that Vivian is a classic - our short list was completely comprised of classic girl names. We also love that it's name that will stand the test of time, and that will be good for both a little girl and a grown woman. The middle name was a bit harder. Though we would have liked to use a family name, like we did with Caleb's middle name, we were not able to find a girl name that worked with Vivian. The name Pearl came out of nowhere, and just kind of stuck. And so, Vivian Pearl it is.

B, Caleb and I can't wait to welcome our little Vivi Pearl in May. Which may now be looking more like April, as she measured over a week ahead during the scan yesterday, putting my new estimated due date somewhere around April 25. We will have another ultrasound in a few weeks, and the official due date will be made then. But for now, we are just looking forward to bringing home our newest spring baby. And are so, so grateful for the good news we got yesterday. Our sweet girl is growing and thriving. And we couldn't ask for more. I'll be back tomorrow with a 20 week update.

Merry, merry.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa at Phipps Plaza {Visit #2}

Last Wednesday, December 10, B and I took Caleb to Phipps Plaza Mall in Atlanta to visit Santa. He'd gotten a trial run visit to Santa at the annual Holiday Open House at my mom's office, and did a great job there, so we were excited to see how he'd do with the jolly old elf, who just happens to be a city-wide favorite, at the visit that we'd had scheduled since the summer.

That morning, we got up and ready, and left our house a little before 10 am to head to Atlanta for our 11:15 am appointment. Caleb did what he always does, and fell asleep on the car ride, so we were waking him up as we pulled him from his car seat upon arrival at the mall. He rubbed his sleepy little eyes and proceeded to give us his best "grumpy" face. And I thought, "Oh no. This is not going to be good." After all, tired baby + strange old man in a red suit = a surefire cocktail for tears and screaming. Or so I thought...

We checked in, stepped into line, and began to survey what we were up against. We watched as child after child (aside from the infants, who were by far the easiest customers) took their turn screaming their way through their visits with Santa. Mamas hugged, kissed, cajoled, and bribed their little ones in an attempt to get that perfect picture. Some fared better than others, but the general consensus was that Santa was terrifying. Every kid in the line seemed to be in agreement. And our son didn't seem to be on track to do any better. He didn't want to be held. He wanted to run around. He wanted to play with the old wooden train - which was off limits, but certainly tempting, seeing as how it was placed right beside the line where children and families stood to wait. He wanted his snack. He didn't want his nose cleaned or his hair brushed. Basically, he was just a sleepy, grumpy old man. When the sweet little lady in the Christmas sweater asked whether or not we would be wanting a DVD or flash drive of the visit - which they need to know before they take the pictures - we declined without hesitation. We were sure that Caleb's pictures would not be great, and definitely didn't think we'd need to pay over $100 for the fancy packages.

And then, wouldn't you know it. Caleb Monroe nailed his Santa visit. (Because we opted for no digital copies, these are pictures of pictures. Sorry!)

He checked Santa out for just a minute, then looked right at the camera, and gave a little grin. Like he'd done it a million times. The photographer was thrilled. He literally laughed in delight through Caleb's whole session. I think he is so used to screaming children, he didn't really know what to do with a smiling one.

Needless to say, B and I were both kicking ourselves a bit for not ordering at least a digital copy of the session. But hey, you live you learn, right? At least I can scan and copy these for our scrapbooks and picture frames.

I really thought we'd get a classic "crying on Santa" picture this year. But it looks like my kid may actually like good ol' Saint Nick. Here he was last year, loving on Santa (in his terribly uncoordinated outfit - the visit was unplanned). 

He keeps me on my toes, that's for sure!

Welcome to day 7 of the 12 Days of Cheer Series! Can't believe we're more than halfway through our series now. Time sure does fly, especially around the holidays.

My cheer for today is the fact that I am now 20 weeks, 2 days with baby girl! More than halfway there - yay! This may not technically be Christmas related, but let me tell you - a healthy baby is the best Christmas gift I could ever get! I don't have 20 week pictures to share today (though I will have some for a 20 week update later this week), but I do have a couple that I snapped this weekend, just before I hit the 20 week mark. Grow, sweet baby, grow!

I stood on the tub ledge to try to get a full-length photo (hey, do what you have to do with no full-length mirrors) and Caleb climbed up beside me and photobombed me. Is he not the cutest little photobomber ever? (Please excuse the streaky mirror).

Our 20 week anatomy scan is today, so if you think about it, say a little prayer that all looks well with our sweet baby girl. This milestone is a nerve-wracking one, and I will be happy to put it behind us. I'll be revealing her name within the next week or so, so be on the lookout for that post!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Christmas Meltdown {And a Smocked Sale!}

I don't know if it was hormones. Or just a combination of feeling stressed, guilty, and anxious. Either way, let's just say that Mama suffered a Christmas meltdown this weekend. Of epic proportions.

i wish everyone felt this way.  then perhaps i wouldn't dread the christmas season.

Saturday started off great. It was a golden weekend for B, so we slept in, woke up to enjoy breakfast together while a Christmas movie played on tv, and leisurely started getting ready for the day. Around 9:30, B and Caleb headed out so that Caleb could get his hair cut. After that, B met up with his dad, who ended up grabbing Caleb for a couple of hours so that B and I could get out and do a bit of holiday shopping. We'd decided several weeks ago that this year would be a small Christmas. It's our first Christmas with me being a stay-at-home mom, first Christmas on just one salary, and first Christmas with both a mortgage and a rent (I haven't mentioned it in a while, but we do still own our home in Macon, and still pay a mortgage on it every month). We also have a baby to prepare for, a big boy room to decorate, and a bunch of other events - like my sister's wedding - that will be taking some financial investment from us. We are doing gifts for Caleb, and if possible, B and I will do a small gift for each other. But gifts are just not a priority for us this year. 

Despite deciding to go smaller this year, we were definitely excited to get out and pick out a few things together for our sweet baby boy. He's still little, but is definitely starting to understand the concept of unwrapping gifts, and I think he'll have a ball with it this year. We headed to Target where we were able to grab a couple of books to add to his collection, some new (loud) toy trucks that light up and drive forwards and backwards, a new Lego Duplo set to add on to the one he already has, and some fun new bath toys. Then we headed to Kohl's and Old Navy, where we grabbed some new pajamas and a couple of new shirts for our growing boy. Our final stop was Babies R' Us, where we'd planned to look for a booster seat for Caleb so that we can get him out of the highchair. We had no luck finding what we wanted there, so went away empty-handed on that count, and decided to call it a day.

After we'd done our shopping and grabbed some lunch, we headed to pick up Caleb and then returned home for some cranberry apple cobbler and some gift wrapping. And that's when everything fell apart. Because that's when I realized what we have for our son. And what we don't. Along with the items we'd purchased that day, we already have a few little stocking stuffers for him, a wooden toy train set from Ikea, as well as a car rug for him to use while playing with all of his toy trucks and cars. We'd also planned on purchasing the Ikea Latt table and chairs for him, as I know that this is something that he will get good use out of. As we sat down to wrap up what we do have, it just looked like nothing. I know that Caleb won't care too much about the clothes. And he probably won't get all that excited about the books either, though I know he'll enjoy reading them at bedtime. So the items that we actually have ready for him to open and play with looked so paltry and insignificant. I immediately started feeling that most dreaded of all feelings: the mom guilt. I voiced my concerns to B, and he just laughed it off and said that I was being silly - that we had plenty and that Caleb wouldn't know the difference anyways, and would be excited about whatever we had for him. But I couldn't climb out of the little hole I'd already started to dig. As each little present was wrapped and placed under the tree, I felt smaller and smaller. 

Usually we have mounds of prettily wrapped presents and bags. This year, it's just a few. And all that empty space around the bottom of the tree was leading to some pretty ugly feelings on my end. Caleb went to bed, and B and I started the Wolf of Wall Street. Let me tell you - that movie was not a good choice. The rampant materialism was not a good fuel for my fire. I thought I'd get up and get started on some cookie baking, but at that point, it was already after 10 pm, so I abandoned the cookie idea, and just continued to stew. I made it through maybe an hour and a half of the movie before I just couldn't take it anymore. We turned the movie off and decided to get ready to head to bed. At last minute, I remembered that we had not yet ordered the Ikea table for Caleb (it being unavailable in the Ikea closest to us). So we popped online to grab that and some additional rails for the train set we'd already purchased. It wasn't until check out that we realized that these items are on backorder and won't be arriving until after Christmas. 

Total. Christmas. Fail.

The tears started to flow hot and heavy at this point. I looked down at the tree and the measly amount of presents underneath it, and felt like such a failure. A totally unprepared, worthless parent. My little vision of Caleb waking up Christmas morning to his new play table, with his new toy train spread out on top dissolved into a stagnant mist of disappointment and anger. Anger at myself for waiting too late and not being on top of my Christmas game. Anger at Ikea for not having this table in stock and ready to ship. Anger at the world in general for twisting Christmas into such a material holiday. And anger again at myself for falling into that trap and putting so much importance on presents. 

Vicious, hot, searing anger and guilt. A sickening concoction. Add in some hormones and you've got yourself a lethal cocktail, friends. 

My husband bundled me off to the bathroom, thinking a hot shower would be just what I needed, assuring me along the way that everything would be just fine. He'd almost convinced me that it would be too, until I reached for my floss, went to pull the string out, and it ran out. With not enough left to do the job. And that did it, folks. That floss was the straw that broke the camel's back. My husband's eyes widened as we both looked down as the tiny remnant of floss dangling from the empty container in my hands. The tears began welling up, and then, over the eyelids they flowed, leaving hot, salty trails of black mascara in their wake. At this point, I didn't know whether to laugh in hilarity at the absolute mess I was, or just continue to cry. Sometimes life is just like that, you know?

Sweet B went into "fix it" mode, grabbed his travel bag, rustled up a random packet of floss that he's probably had for years, and presented it to me like a golden trophy. All the while continuing to assure me that everything would be ok. That presents aren't what Christmas is about anyways. The hot shower was enough to calm me down and help me get my thoughts straight enough to get some rest on Saturday night. But I won't lie, the feelings of negativity resonated until church yesterday morning. And I was so thankful for the change of heart that I experienced during our worship service. I am thoroughly convinced that starting each week in church is the only thing that keeps my head on straight. 

So, Caleb may not end up getting his table and toy train on Christmas Day. But, he will be getting the other thoughtful gifts that my husband and I have worked hard to provide for him. He will be getting precious time with family. And most importantly, he will be hearing the Christmas story - about the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of our Lord and Savior. Which will always be the priority for the holidays in our home. As for me? Well, I've learned my lesson and will always order earlier, rather than pushing the envelope and ordering too late. And one day in January, we will be getting a fun delivery. So, there's a silver lining after all.

On another, more random, note: I realized recently that Caleb is not going to fit into this darling little smocked jon-jon outfit that I bought for him. Sad moment, indeed. It's size 18 months. Caleb is a big boy, and is wearing 24 month and 2T clothing now, so this just won't work for him. But if you have a boy who will need 12 or 18 month Christmas clothing, this would definitely fit. It's brand new with tags. I paid $50 for it, and would like to get $25 (plus shipping). If you're interested, please leave a comment with your email address and I will send an invoice via PayPal. I can mail as early as today!

And finally - welcome to day 6 of the 12 Days of Cheer series!

Despite having a bit of an emotional weekend, on Sunday after church, I was able to get back into the holiday spirit and whip up the dough for Linzer cookies. I also made my first batch of Spritz cookies. I bought a cookie press this year, and was excited to try it for the first time. Figuring out the cookie press was probably the hardest part, as mixing up the dough was super simple. The cookies turned out buttery and sweet, just like I'd hoped. And I loved how festive they are. Perfect for this time of year. Now I just have to try to keep Caleb and B out of them:)

Grab the button above and be sure to let Amy or I know if you decide to participate!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Facts & Faves {Link Ups}

Welcome to Friday, ladies. If you missed my late post yesterday on Caleb's trip to visit Santa, you can catch that here. Now, let's get to the link ups. Scroll to the end to find out who I'm linking up with today.

1| Our Little Lady's Movement
On Monday evening, at 19 weeks, 1 day pregnant, B got to feel our baby girl move for the first time. I'd been feeling teeny little thumps and bumps for about a week or so - such faint little movements that I wasn't quite sure if they were her or not. But Monday evening, we were watching the Walking Dead and eating brownies, and I felt unmistakable movement. B put his hand on my tummy, and he was able to feel her too. He pulled his hand away with a smile and said, "Ok, I felt that!" And we both just laughed and grinned at each other. Tears came to my eyes. Such a special moment. With Caleb, I had an anterior placenta, so it took a bit longer for me to feel him move, and even longer for B to. You can read about that special moment here. Both times hold a special place in my heart:) 

2| Ooops!
Package deliveries can be kind of tricky around Christmastime in our house. B and I usually give each other the heads up when we are expecting packages so that we can either ignore them until the other gets home to retrieve it, or try to bring them inside without looking (ha!) We used to avoid this by having packages delivered to work, but since B works at the hospital now, that's not an option. The other day, a package arrived. With "Ulta" emblazoned on each side. So, now I know that this pretty little doodad will be showing up on Christmas morning. Oops.

3| Scrapbooks, Picture Frames and More - Oh My!
Does anyone else ever get overwhelmed by the amount of options there are for displaying photographs and preserving keepsakes? Sometimes I feel like I just can't keep up with it all. With a new baby on the way, I've been thinking about how I am going to display things throughout the year - particularly holiday photos (like yearly greeting cards, pictures with Santa, etc). I think I will plan to create a holiday scrap book to add to every year, in which I'll place a copy of our greeting card from that year and the kids' visits with Santa. I'll also include a copy of these photos in our yearly family album. That way, I can frame and set out just the current card every year and the current picture with Santa. Otherwise, I'm afraid we will end up bogged down by pictures and frames. Any thoughts or suggestions on this? I'm open to ideas and I'd love to hear what you all do!

4| Panic Mode
With less than 2 weeks to go until Christmas, I just don't feel ready! I am super glad that B is off this weekend so that we can attempt to get some things accomplished. Hopefully we'll be able to finish up most of the shopping for Caleb, and I'd like to put a big dent in the baking I'll be doing for the season. I'd also like to wrap the gifts that I do have, as that can end up being such a time consuming project if left until last minute (speaking from experience). Oh, and I need to pick up some teacher gifts for Caleb's Mother's Morning Out teachers. My mind is blank. It's too late to order anything. He has three teachers, so I can't go too crazy, but I'd like to do something sweet for each of them (and will be avoiding baked goods, because I know they will most likely get plenty of those!) Suggestions, ladies? 

5| A Sneak Peek
Our Christmas cards have not gone out (told you - I'm not quite on my game this year). So, I can't share much. But I thought it'd be fun to give you all a sneak peek from the photo session we had done a week ago with our favorite photographer, Julie. She did a great job, despite having to work with a super tough toddler and a hormonal preggo. God love her.

Linking up with the following gals today:

5 on Friday with April of A. Liz Adventrues, Christina of Carolina Charm, Natasha of Hello! Happiness, and Darcy of The Good Life.


Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife!

And Friday Favorites with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love.



On another note, today is day 5 of the 12 Days of Cheer series!

This picture is actually from more than a week ago, but I just had to share it because it's a favorite. Sweet Caleb loves the Christmas train we put up around the base of the Christmas tree every year. If you ask him if he wants to see the train, he says, "Woo-woo" and runs over to the base of the tree. He lays down on his tummy, props his little chin up on his hands, and just watches. It is so precious. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tidbits {And 12 Days of Cheer}

Due to a little internet issue that just got resolved, I didn't get a normal post up to share as regularly scheduled this morning. However, I thought I'd still pop by this afternoon to share a bit about our visit with Santa yesterday, as well as my bit of cheer for today.

We headed to the Phipps Plaza Mall in Atlanta yesterday so that Caleb could visit the classic Santa there. He's an icon in the city, and registration for appointments with him begins in July. He's that in demand. While we have not yet received pictures from the visit (they mail them), I can tell you this: Caleb nailed it. To my absolute shock. I'll share more about it when the pictures come in, and I can share those along with it. But for now, just know that my son took, quite possibly, the cutest picture with Santa I have ever seen.

Here are a few pictures from our foray into the mall before and after visiting the Big Guy.

Caleb's little outfit was purchased off Zulily and is by Mud Pie.

And as a side note, I was super excited to wear my festive red puffer vest for the first time yesterday. I went with the Old Navy version of the vest - which is now sold out, but Gap has a very similar one in stock now. And it's on sale! I paired it with my favorite striped tee, forever 21 jeans (which are less than $10!), and the taupe riding boots I picked up this season. And have worn every other day since.

We had the very best time, and I can't wait to share the pictures with you when they arrive. After our Santa visit we met my Mom and Dad for lunch at the Corner Bakery in Buckhead, where Caleb adored being loved on and fed giant cookies for lunch! After lunch was not as fun, as it consisted of an unplanned trip to the OB for some pain and pressure I'd been feeling for a day or two. But everything checked out fine, and baby girl's heartbeat was strong at 141 bpm, so thank the Lord for that!

Welcome to day 4 of the 12 Days of Cheer series. 

My bit of cheer for today also came from our trip to visit Santa yesterday. While in the mall, we stopped at River Street Sweets. It's a company out of Savannah, GA that my family and I have been frequenting for years. Their renowned pralines are to die for. B had never had the opportunity to indulge, so we stopped by and picked up a couple of warm, freshly made pralines, a bear claw, and a few white chocolate dipped pretzels. Let's not talk about the fact that I will be weighing in again at the doctor's office next week. These treats were worth every scrumptious calorie. Definitely a bit of cheer worth sharing:)

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