Monday, March 30, 2015

A Bestie Baby Shower & Deals to Good To Pass Up {Weekend Review}

This weekend was full of beautiful weather, fun things and loved ones. Well, loved ones aside from my husband, that is. Between Friday and Saturday, B worked 40 out of the 48 hours in those two days (averaging 4 hours of sleep for both nights). And was then back at work on Sunday from 6 am until 6 pm. Fun. No matter how many times it happens, it's never easy to see him worked so hard. And it's never easy to be at home alone with a little one for such long stretches. Caleb didn't see his Daddy - at all - between Thursday and Sunday, which I know is really hard on B. I can't imagine going days without seeing Caleb. We are so thankful that we have next weekend together, as we are really looking forward to that time.

Happily, while B was putting in a long hours on Saturday, I was able to have some fun helping host a baby shower for my best friend, Erin. She and I have been best friends since we were 12 - well over half of our lives now. She is married to the love of her life, Chandler, who she actually met through a singles post on Kelly's Korner blog (the post that Chandler connected with her through was one that I posted on my blog!) And now she is pregnant with a baby girl, and due just 6 weeks after I am. I honestly don't think we could have planned this better if we tried. We both hope our sweet girls will be as close as we have been over the years. I get teary just thinking about it. I've loved getting to share our pregnancies, and am so excited to help her welcome their sweet Peyton Taylor in June. 

On Saturday, Pops came to pick up Caleb, and I headed to north Atlanta for some baby shower goodness. I co-hosted the shower with Erin's sister, Morgan, and another sweet friend, Katie - who opened up her home for the event. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Some of the decor 


Katie's sweet son, Grant


The diaper cake I put together





 The dessert bar that Morgan put together - s'mores pops included (yum)

Sweet mama-to-be opening some of her gifts




The three of us have been friends since middle school!


Erin with all of her shower hostesses...

The Peyton bump!

Besties with bumps!

I know Erin loved her shower, and was so happy to get a few of the things that she and Chandler need for their baby girl. It was so great to get to spend some time with her, along with several other friends and loved ones. And so hard to believe that the next time I see her will be when Vivian arrives. Eeek!

On Sunday, Caleb and I stayed home and rested. I don't know if he's coming down with a cold, if the weather changes are just hard on him (it was in the low 30's here overnight this weekend after being quite warm last week), or if it's allergies, but his little nose was just running like a faucet and he felt warm to me. I hated missing Palm Sunday services at church, but it was good that we didn't try to go, as after a dose of Benadryl, Caleb was asleep by 10:45 and slept until almost 1:00. When he woke up, we had lunch. While we were eating, a loud popping noise came from the direction of the garage. It sounded like someone had run into our garage door. I popped my head out but didn't see anything, so I chalked it up to a neighbor, and went about my business. Around 2:00, I had Caleb buckled into his car seat so that we could run to Target, and just get out of the house for a bit. We were all ready to go - which, as every mom knows, takes a good bit of effort at 35 weeks pregnant and with a toddler. I went to hit the garage door opener, the door went up about 6 inches, and then stopped. After pushing the button about 54 billion times, I realized that the door was just not going to open. And I might have had a little pregnancy breakdown at that point. I just wanted to make a quick run to Target. Was that too much to ask? It might as well have been the end of the world for my hormonal self at that moment. Ugh. 

After our sweet neighbor came over to look at the door, and determined that our spring was broken, and then B's uncle came over to actually hoist the door open and then closed for me, we were finally able to leave. Until it gets fixed, we will be unable to use our garage, but honestly, the joy of sweet freedom was so great, I didn't care. I was just happy to get out! So, Caleb and I made our way to Target. We had a gift card to spend and some baby items to pick up. I was hoping to grab a few things we still needed - like a changing pad cover and one more nursing tank - but unfortunately, our Target was out of stock of both. Did we just leave without purchasing anything though? Of course not. You can't leave without buying something. Instead, I ended up taking advantage of some irresistible deals including the 30% off Xhileration pajamas, and the buy one, get one for 50% off on all Carters clothing and Merona women's clothing. Vivian came away with these sweet little leggings, this sun hat (the eyelet - I die!), and this adorable set. And I ended up with this presh (non-maternity) dress and these lounge pants. Which I anticipate spending a lot of time in in the weeks following Vivian's birth. Might as well look cute while I'm at it, right? As a side note, these deal are running at Target through the end of this week, so check them out while you can!

After our Target run, Caleb and I headed back home, and were so excited when B arrived home shortly thereafter, so we were able to have dinner together. Spaghetti, homemade strawberry milkshakes, and our weekly Walking Dead date wrapped up our weekend. I've hit 35 weeks, and am feeling super large and in charge now. Less than 5 weeks to go! Hoping you all had a great weekend! 



Friday, March 27, 2015

Bow Ties, Deals & DIY's {Friday Link Ups}

Before we get started on our Friday five, if you missed my review of the darling moccs I shared earlier this week, you can catch that here. Here's one more reminder to take advantage of the amazing discount the sweet folks over at Sweet N Swag have offered my blog readers. Pop over to their website and enter in the code thenewly for 25% off all orders from now through Sunday. $15 baby moccasins. What are you waiting for? 

On another note, we have so been enjoying the spring weather here in Georgia! Though we've had a lot of rain and clouds this week, we did manage to play outside for over 2 hours yesterday, and it was just glorious. Wishing spring weather comes quickly to all of my northern friends:)


Yes!  One of life's most wonderful, simple pleasures!  :)

1| Baby Boys in Bow Ties
Recently, Kristin from Addibug Designs, sent Caleb two little bow ties from her Peter Thomas & Co line. I opened the package and immediately fell in love. I mean, is there anything more darling than a sweet baby boy in a classic bow tie? I think not. And how cute are the bow ties themselves? I love both the light blue and the yellow gingham for spring, but am also in love with the seersucker, chambray, and patterned options she offers on her site to kick up a little man's outfit a notch or two. 



On another note: I know I'm biased, but could this kid be any more adorable? I could just eat him up. 






2| Recent Purchases & Finds
I was so excited when my new diaper bag arrived this week. It's the little things in life isn't it? Ha. It is when you become a mom at least. I knew I liked how it looked online, and was just hoping I liked it as much in person. And I do! It's a great size, has a coordinating changing pad and organizational pockets on the inside - which makes my OCD heart flutter - and even an insulated pocket on the outside for bottles. Love. (And as a side note, if you order through Bed, Bath, & Beyond, you can use one of their 20% off coupons to get $20 off). 



Recently, I picked up a new bottle of this polish - in Ballet Slippers - my absolute favorite shade of pink for nails. Love that it's neutral enough every day, and doesn't show chipping.

I also grabbed a bottle of this polish. Which I wear on my toenails from about March to September. I wore it on my wedding day. And I was wearing it the day I delivered Caleb. I guess you could call it a favorite:)

3| A Pretty Little Nursery DIY
Many a can of spray paint has been used in the creation of Vivian's nursery. It was the same way when we set about creating Caleb's nursery. To get exactly what we wanted, we had to make it ourselves in several cases. We are no strangers to DIY projects at this point. So, when I decided that I wanted some pretty little hooks for Vivi's nursery, and couldn't find what I wanted, I set about gathering the materials to make what I wanted. With B's help, we made this adorable little rack for her wall (where her coming home outfit will be displayed for a while after we bring her home). 



Here's what you'll need:
1 wooden plaque (purchased from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon for about $5)
3 decorative glass knobs (purchased from Hobby Lobby during 50% sale for $3 each)
1 can white spray paint

For a grand total of $17. Deal.

4| A Random Kohl's PSA
So, I am not the biggest Kohl's shopper. But I will say, when Kohl's does deals, they DO deals - unlike many stores, they let you combine coupons, and use discounts on pretty much everything in the store, including clearance. I like to look for clothing for Caleb (and now Vivian) there. I ventured over there yesterday to look for some pajamas for Caleb - poor kid has no lightweight pjs. With the $10 in Kohl's cash I had from a previous purchase, along with a 15% off coupon they are running right now if you spend less than $100 (20% if you spend more than $100), AND a promotion that they are running which is $10 off a kid's purchase of more than $30, I was able to score Caleb two new sets of pjs, a polo t-shirt, and a pair of shorts for $11. That, my friends, is what I call a steal. Mama like.

The baseball jammies will be going into Caleb's Easter basket. And I might be going back for the whale set while this deal is running too:)



5| A Busy Weekend
Tomorrow, I am heading up to north Atlanta to host a baby shower for my dear friend, Erin - who is due with her sweet baby girl, Peyton, just 6 weeks after Vivian is due. I have been preparing all week for this fun event, and can't wait to see my bestie and celebrate her precious baby. My mama will be at the shower as well, along with several dear friends, so it will be fun to see everyone! I'll be sure to share some pictures on Monday!

And on that random note, I'm off. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baby K #2 {34 Weeks}

I'm truly having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that our sweet baby girl will be here in just over 5 weeks. Or even less. At my OB appointment yesterday, my doctor mentioned that she could see me delivering as early as 38 weeks based on my symptoms and my history (I delivered Caleb at 37 weeks, 1 day). Maybe Vivian will surprise us all and stick around to bake until 40 weeks, but right now, I am just trying to make sure that I get everything that we need done wrapped up within the next couple of weeks. If nothing else, for peace of mind!


How Far Along: 34 weeks, 4 days 

Weight Gain: As of my appointment yesterday,  I am up 27 pounds and change. Ugh.  That's 3 pounds gained in just the last 3 weeks. Not loving it. My total gain with Caleb was 27 pounds, so it looks like I'll definitely be surpassing that amount. Then again, he was a couple of weeks early, so I probably would have been closer to a 30 pound gain with him had I gone full-term. I'm thinking I'll end up with a 30'ish pound gain with Vivian. 

Symptoms: Back pain. Fatigue. Contractions. Insomnia (despite the medicine I take to prevent it). The gamut. My body is running out of room, and I'm beginning to wonder if I'll be able to keep her in for 40 weeks.

Cravings/Aversions: Fruit. Give me all the fruit. And cinnamon sugar donuts - which I have not indulged in, but probably will soon.

What I am Missing: Normal clothing. Walking without a waddle. Having energy. Normal clothing. Sleeping soundly. Sleeping at all. Normal clothing. Did I mention normal clothing?

Size Of Baby: Week 34, baby is the size of a cantaloupe (about 4.75 pounds and 18 inches). My measurements are right on target for 34 weeks, but I still have a sneaking suspicion that there's a big girl in my belly. We'll see...

Sleep: Let's not talk about it. Between getting up to pee, worrying about every little thing possible (literally), creating to do lists in my mind, and getting up in the night with Caleb - who still wakes up once in a while - my sleep is pretty much nil. I'm not bitter about it or anything. Ahem.

Workouts: Ha!


Clothing: Thankfully, I was able to switch out my winter maternity clothing for some of the spring duds I had when I was pregnant with Caleb, and have really been enjoying wearing some of that. I think if I had to wear some of those sweaters one more time, I would have screamed. Maxi dresses and skirts are just so much more comfortable than any of my maternity pants at this point. Still rocking these leggings (on sale now!) Went ahead and purchased a couple of these nursing camis - which ended up fitting a lot better than these (and which are buy one, get one 50% off right now). I also purchased a new nursing bra and sleep bra from Hotmilk Lingerie. They are running a clearance sale right now, so if you are need, check them out!

Gender: Sweet baby girl! 

Nursery: I haven't had time to take any pictures but as soon as I do, I will be ready to share the nursery with you all! I can't wait!:) Stay tuned for it in the next week or so!

Best Moment This Week: Getting to hear our sweet girl's heartbeat - going strong and steady at 148 bpm - after a rough night of pain and contractions. I was so glad that I just so happened to have my 34 week appointment the very next day, as it was such a relief to get checked out after worrying through the night. I am really trying to slow down and take it easy, but it's so against my nature to do that, I almost don't know how!

We also enjoyed finishing up the important items on our registry this week. We should (knock on wood) have pretty much everything we need at this point, should Vivi decide to arrive early. Now I just need to get started on her baby book and pack my hospital bags!

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If you didn't catch my post yesterday, be sure to pop over and read it here to get a 25% off discount code for the cutest baby moccs you ever did see! You have until Sunday to take advantage of the deal:)


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Trendy Toes {Sweet n Swag}

All I've been hearing about and seeing over the last few months are baby moccasins. They're all over. I know that you all have seen them too. They are so trendy. And they are so cute!

What's not so cute? The price tag on some of these tiny little things. I am all for investing money in a good pair of shoes, but paying upwards of $50 for a pair of shoes for a baby that isn't even walking yet, and who will most likely grow out of them in just a couple of months, is not something I am willing to do.

Then I found Sweet N Swag.


They offer precious moccasins in a rainbow of gorgeous colors and a variety of materials. For just $20. For real. Twenty dollars. That, I can get behind. Recently, Shannon over at Sweet n Swag sent me this adorable pair of Rose Gold moccasins for Vivian. How perfect are these? I love that they are neutral enough to be worn with almost anything, but are still sweet, pink and girly. 


The quality is great. The material is durable. Even the packaging is fabulous. I can't wait to see Vivi's sweet little baby feet in these adorable moccs. I'm in love. 


So in love in fact, that I have already planned out my next purchases. The following pairs will be making their way into Vivian's closet sooner rather than later.

baby moccs gold
baby moccs pink gold polka dot

Here's the best part: Shannon and the kind folks over at Sweet N Swag have generously offered my readers an awesome discount on top of their already affordable prices. Now through Sunday, use the code thenewly to get 25% off any purchase. 

Ladies, that brings your total to just $15 for a pair of baby moccasins. 


Buy a pair. Or, you know, four.

If you've been wanting to try this adorable trend for your little one, well, there's no better time than now! And don't forget to keep up with @sweetnswag on Instagram for future deals and steals! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Life Lately

I do weekend reviews. I post pregnancy updates every other week or so. And I and try to include little life updates in my Friday posts. But here and there, I realize that things have slipped through the cracks. Today, I thought it would be fun to do a little life lately post - a little brain dump of things that have been going on recently.


I want this saying as my first tattoo in remembrance of my dad. In French, it means "Life is beautiful" and after the death of my dad, I will never forget how precious life is.

Busy, Busy, Busy
We have a lot on our calendar in the next few weeks and months. I am co-hosting my bestie's baby shower this weekend, celebrating Good Friday and Easter next week, ringing in our 4th wedding anniversary, preparing to welcome sweet Vivian, followed closely by Mother's Day, Caleb's 2nd birthday, my birthday, my sister's wedding, and then Father's Day. All of this will be happening in the next 12 weeks or less. Whew! Let's just say I am going to be one busy mama.

Wading Through the "Must-Haves" and the "Can-Do-Withouts"
We have a lot of what we need for baby Vivian. But there are still a few things here and there that are waiting on lists for me to either purchase and check off, or cross off and decide we can do without. Now that we're coming down to the wire, these little things are starting to stress me out. For example, this time around, we knew we wanted to try these blankets that everyone raves about (and which we were lucky enough to receive from my sweet friend, Lynn). But what about this outrageously priced - and outrageously popular - teething toy? Is it a must have? I don't know. I just don't know. These are the tiny little insignificant thoughts that keep me up at night. 

The Saga of the Big Boy Bed
We switched Caleb over to his big boy bed in February so that (hopefully) he would be fully transitioned and comfortable in his big boy room before the baby came. We were thrilled with how well he did. He moved into his bed one night, and that was it. He hasn't been in the crib since. For the entire month of February, he went to bed with no problems. B and I were thrilled. However...B started back to work on an ortho rotation at the beginning of March. And things haven't been so smooth since then. Caleb still naps in his bed every day with no problem. But at bedtime? Lord help us. He is up and down and up and down. He knows that he is supposed to stay in his bed. He just doesn't always do it. We've done everything from speaking sternly, to laying down with him (horrible idea), to swatting his little behind to let him know that this behavior is unacceptable. Nothing worked. Until one night, B spoke to him through the video monitor when we saw him start to get up out of the bed. All he said was, "Caleb, lay back down." But let me tell you. That boy laid back down right away. Granted, it scared him and he started crying too. But he drifted off to sleep soon thereafter. So, we've resorted to talking - either through the monitor or through his closed bedroom door - when we see him start to get up. It felt mean at first, as I hate that it startles or scares him. But at the same time, bedtime was becoming a game that we were quickly losing, and that is just not ok. Caleb needs to understand the rules of the house, and bedtime is non-negotiable. That hour or two after he goes down is the only time in the whole day that B and I get to spend together, and that time is precious to us. It's also my time to blog and get things done. I'm not losing that time. As a side note to this update, in the last week, Caleb has been going back to bed with no problems whatsoever. B and I have not had to talk through the monitor at all. Fingers crossed that we are back to our smooth bedtime routine!

An Update on Residency
I haven't spoken too much about it since the letter-style post that I wrote back in January, but we are still chugging along through B's residency. He has less than 4 months left of his first year of residency, and then he will no longer be considered an intern. On July 1, he will become a second year. Which comes along with a pay raise. And more responsibility. Fortunately, though there is more responsibility, from what we've been told, the grunt work is a lot less - requiring less time in the hospital and away from us. Which excites me to no end. I can't wait for second year. We have one more month of ortho trauma to get through, and then we will be home free. We will also be right at my due date, so two exciting things colliding at one time.

An Antsy Baby Girl
Yesterday, I ended up on the couch (once again) around dinner time with contractions and a very tight belly. I'd decided that yesterday was a perfect day to mop the entire house - kitchen, laundry room, entry way, and both bathrooms. And this was after I'd swept each one, scrubbed our bathrooms clean, done several loads of laundry, spray painted a picture frame for Caleb's room, and windexed our glass doors. I felt like I had so much energy. But unfortunately, my body (and Vivi) just couldn't keep up. I ended up on the side of the garden tub in our master bathroom, completely unable to move. B demanded that I get on a couch immediately. And for once, I didn't argue. After all, no matter how antsy Vivian might be to make her debut, I'm not quite ready to meet her yet!

Some Very Good News
I hate to be "that" blogger, and put scant details out about something that I can't speak fully on right now. But, I do have to say that after several weeks of bad news and challenges, B and I got some good news this week. It's not a definite, and won't be a definite for a while, but it's definitely something that we are hoping on and praying for. I hate to ask this of you without giving you more information, but if you guys could pray for us over the next couple of weeks, it would be much appreciated. I will be sure to share more as soon as I can. Promise!

See you all tomorrow for a super fun review on some super adorable - and super affordable - footwear. You won't want to miss it:)
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Monday, March 23, 2015

My People {Weekend Review & Giveaway Winner!}

This weekend flew by in a blur. Between prepping for my best friend's baby shower this week, finishing up some baby-related tasks, doing some much-needed yard work in preparation for the spring weather we've been enjoying, and spending some time with my little family, the days just slipped away.

On Friday, Caleb and I had a play date with my sweet friend Kristen and her girls. I managed to snap a picture of the bump before we headed out the door, although, I won't lie, it wasn't easy with my little munchkin running around grabbing things off the counters and throwing them at me. Which, by the way, is his new favorite activity (and one that I think he picked up at preschool).



It was honestly so difficult to get a non-blurry, non-photobombed, non-being attacked with bobby pins or q-tips picture, I took a little video mid-attempt, and thought I'd share it here on the blog. 

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Now you all can understand why it's such a chore for me to get just one bump picture a week - and why I only do bump updates once every couple of weeks, ha! PS: Don't judge me too harshly - I know I am super awkward.

B arrived home in time for dinner Friday night, and came bearing pizzas. Love having a night off from cooking and cleaning once in a while. We enjoyed our dinner, followed by apple pie a la mode and the movie "Mom's Night Out" - which I've seen before, but loved just as much the second time around. Fellow moms: if you haven't seen this movie yet, rent it now. I told B within the first 5 minutes that I felt so validated while watching this movie. Sometimes being a mom with a small child (soon to be children), is a thankless job. And yet, it's the very best job in the world. After the movie, B went into Caleb's room to put him to bed. I popped my head in after a few minutes to see the two of them laying in Caleb's twin bed, just chilling. They had Caleb's Cloud B Winnie the Pooh on, which projects stars onto his ceiling, and they were snuggled in so comfortably. It was adorable. As soon as Caleb saw me, he began patting the pillow on the other side of him, just begging me to join them. And, even though it was a bit of a tight fit with B, Caleb, and me with my big ol' belly in that little bed, it was the happiest I've felt in a long time. Just laying there with my people. Thinking how very blessed I truly am. I get to do life with my absolute favorite people in the world, and there's really nothing better than that. And pretty soon, we'll be adding another little favorite person to the mix. What a joy.

On Saturday, we were all up bright and early with a long list of to do's. B woke up before it was even light outside to continue studying for his Board exams, which he takes this week (prayers welcome!) And I was up and grocery shopping by 8:30 Saturday morning. Let me tell you, if you want the grocery store to yourself, go early Saturday morning. After the grocery shopping trip, I swung back home and B and Caleb joined me for some errand running. We stopped by a couple of different places for me to pick up some things for the baby shower I am co-hosting this Saturday, then swung by Target so that B and I could finish up our baby registry for Vivian. There was never a lot on our list, but there were still a few things that we needed, so we went ahead and got those things. Target offers a registry completion discount, so we happily took advantage of the coupons that they sent us to pick up items like this sweet, tiny little onesie set and matching pants, and this nursing tank. Our Target did not have a ton of the items that we were looking for available in store, so I ended up coming home and completing an additional order online.

Our final stop on Saturday was Home Depot, where we stocked up on some flowers to celebrate the first weekend of spring. Our poor yard has needed some work after the long days of winter, so we were excited to pick out a few new blooms and things. We grabbed a flat of violas to plant out by our mailbox, an assortment of blooms for our flower pots, some succulents for my kitchen window, and a couple of hanging pots just bursting with watermelon geraniums - my very favorite. The sweetest little helper ever was only too happy to assist from the cart. And by "assist," I mean try to feel (i.e. squish) all of the lovely flowers:)



After all the errand running, we returned home for some lunch, and then spent the rest of the afternoon outside, soaking up some sunshine while we could. I painted my toenails with a coat of my absolute favorite spring shade on a blanket out on the driveway, while Caleb ran around like a crazy man, and B attempted to get his lawn mower working. It didn't take me long to realize that I will not be painting my nails myself again any time soon. This belly has just gotten too big. I will hold out for another couple of weeks, but then Mama will be getting a pedicure. I think I deserve it...I mean, look at this basketball I am carting around. And she's just getting bigger! Honestly, from the front, it may not look that bad, but from the side? Boom! Big ol' baby bump. Here it is on Saturday, just shy of 34 weeks.


In the late afternoon, the weather started to turn grey and drizzly, so we vacated to the house, where B continued studying while Caleb and I played in the house. We stopped for some french onion burgers for dinner, and then enjoyed a quiet night at home. 

Sunday, we got up and around for church as normal, got to church, and then promptly left about 15 minutes later. I hadn't been feeling too great before we even left for church - just sort of out of breath and lackluster - and when we got there and sat down, the feeling continued. On top of that, the sanctuary at our church was inordinately hot yesterday morning, which just made me feel worse. During some of the praise songs, I had to sit down. B sat with me, and asked if I was ok, and all I could do was shake my head. I knew if I tried to talk, I would burst into tears. So, he ushered me out, we grabbed Caleb, and went right back home where I laid down for a while. I hated missing church (especially since I won't be going again until B is off the week after this coming Sunday). But, at least I tried, right?

The rest of the day was spent in hanging little odds and ends in the nursery and Caleb's room, cleaning up around the house, catching up on laundry and dishes, and promptly ignoring some other chores that were on the to do list. Oops. We enjoyed some leftovers for dinner and an episode of the Walking Dead to finish off the weekend. And now, we're back to another full week - with two days of Board Exams for B. I've got lots of fun posts planned for the blog in the next couple of weeks  - including an awesome product review, the nursery and Caleb's big boy room reveals, some bump updates and more - so be sure to stay tuned for those.
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In other news, the winner of the Baby Beau & Belle giveaway is:

Samantha S.

Congrats, sweet girl! I will be emailing you later today so that you can claim your prize!:)

 
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