Last Day of Preschool // 2017

May 18, 2017

Ivy had her last day of preschool today! First year of school DONE! Looking back at her first day (see that post here) is such a tear-jerker! My how the time has flown by! It was so sweet seeing her walk out those doors and the teachers loving on her. She had so much fun this year and met some new spunky friends and learned so much! I was a teacher for 8 years before staying home, so I am passionate about learning and school, AND summer breaks :) Haha. I am excited to get her for the summer, especially since I think she’ll be a big help with baby girl on the way.

dress // sandals

Oh look how she’s grown!!! (TEARS!)

So proud of you Ivy! You were such a good student, never any complaints from the teacher and never in trouble, you are just as I hoped you would be! Love you baby girl!

I did the same questionnaire with her again to see how her answers changed. Here they are and here’s the video!

 

What’s your name: Ivy
How old are you: Three!
What’s your favorite food: Chicken strips (same answer! Obsessed!)
What’s your favorite toy: My lamb  (same answer again. But so weird because she hasn’t touched her lamb in months! I would have thought she would say barbies, because she plays with them ALL THE TIME)
What do you like to do for fun: Play with my babysitters (Haha! Hilarious! Because I had just gotten home from getting my hair done and the babysitter had just left! Sooo, I guess, whatever, haha)
What’s your favorite color: Pink and purple! (same answer!)
What do you love the most?: My purple teddy (I liked her answer a lot more last time! She said Mommy and Leo, adorable. I swear she was just picking things out in her room at this point)
Who was your teacher? Miss Sonya!

Love you Ivy!! So proud of you!

Baby Faves

May 17, 2017

You’d think you have it all… after three kids, I mean, you’d think you have it all. Clothes, blankets, gear, e v e r y t h i n g baby. But there are always new things out there that I reaaaally just can’t resist! With each child, there has been that thing I really need (or let’s be honest… want) and just have to have.

With Ivy, it was the Ergobaby and JuJuBe diaper bag, I knew I had to have them!! Plus all of the cute Aden and Anais swaddles. Then with Leo, it was the Baby Bjorn so he could face in or out, super soft June and January swaddles, the UppaBaby Vista stroller so I could fit two kids in there, and of course the Solly Baby wrap, because I was actually going to do some baby wearing with him! And I did! A lot!

Now, with baby number three, I’m again finding things that I must have! Or just really want to try :) Some brands are new, some brands have been around for awhile, either way, I’ve seen them around and have always wanted them! So I’m stocking up with all my baby faves for our last babe! Here they are! And some things for Mama too :)


diaper bag // swaddle // swaddle set // sling // nursing cover // robe


Diaper bag – Starting with this diaper bag. I really do love my JuJuBe one, it’s super functional, stylish, and easy to use. But I have been eyeing these Fawn Design bags FOR-E-VER but could never get myself to splurge on one. A few months ago they had the blush bag 50% off because the manufacturer had the wrong label, or something, so they were selling them on discount. I was super excited, set my clock, and bought one the second they went on sale! I LOVE the look of it and I am so pumped to use it with this new baby!

Swaddle – Clementine Kids is a very new brand (isn’t the name adorable!!!) of swaddles and quilts and OH SO PRETTY. I love all of the pretty floral prints and they are super soft! So beautiful. I got the the raspberry peony and I might just have to buy the buttercup blossom one too :)

Swaddle set – The other swaddles I’ve always loved are the Little Unicorn ones. Again, super fun and pretty prints very very soft blankets. I got the Morning Glory swaddle set and I looooove the light purple in them.

Sling – I’ve gone from the Ergo, to the Bjorn, to the Sollybaby (which I love and still plan to use!) and now I want to try a ring sling! I fell in love with the WildBird ones, although there there are tons of brands out there, I just love the style, the colors, and the girl who created them (@taylorgolden) is totally awesome. Again, I set my alarm clock for the spring launch a couple months ago and got my Cassin Wrap! I can’t wait to try it out!

Nursing cover – THESE NURSING COVERS. Why didn’t I have one with Ivy or Leo?! Especially Leo, that’s when I kind of started to see them around.  I love that there are so many uses for it – nursing cover, car seat cover, scarf, and shopping cart cover. Genius item! I bought this Covered Goods one and a friend gifted me this Milk Snob one, both are very soft and fun prints!

Robe – Lastly, a robe!! MUST HAVE in the hospital! I didn’t have a robe with Ivy, bought just some cheap one from Target for Leo, and now I see these pretty Pink Blush delivery robes around everywhere! So many fun solids and prints and they offer short or long. I opted for the long taupe floral one and it’s sooooo pretty.

Pretty excited about these new finds! What are some of your favorites with your babes??

I’m 37.5 weeks (because I totally count the halfs at this point!) and super anxious to meet this baby! Can’t wait to use all these new pretty swaddles and gear with her! :)


 

Baby #3 // 37 Weeks

May 13, 2017

Holy moly, rounding home base here! Scary yet exciting!! At this point, everyone’s question is “Are you ready to be done?!” Well, YES, so ready to be done being pregnant and large and uncomfortable, but SO NOT READY FOR A BABY YET! The birth aftermath, taking care of a baby, sleepless nights, sore boobs and ripped apart nipples, fewf, not ready for all that, but I am ready for some sweet snuggles for a baby and to meet her! It all just somehow comes together in the end and you have a new human being, pretty awesome.

Here’s a recap of my pregnancy so far!

20 weeks // 24 weeks // 28 weeks // 33 weeks // 37 weeks


Due June 4th, three weeks away! Ivy was two days late and 7 lbs 9 oz, and Leo was ten days early and 8 lbs 3 oz, so who knows when this little baby girl will be coming! Any day! But I could reaalllly use a couple weeks little girl if you wouldn’t mind cooperating, haha :)

How far along: 37 weeks tomorrow – due June 4
Gender: Baby Girl
Weight gain: 24 lbs – gained 29 total with Leo and 27 with Ivy

Names: Oh gosh. Seriously getting down to the wire. Still don’t have ONE picked out. John likes one, I kinda like another, blah, I don’t know! Stalking Nameberry all day. And the list of the top 1000 names for 2016 just came out. Fun to browse! Waiting for one to just speak to me!

Last Doctor’s check-up: Last Tuesday. Baby’s heart rate was 144 and I was SOOOO scared at this check-up because at my 34 week appointment she wasn’t head down yet! I never had that problem with Ivy or Leo. So after two weeks of stressing and doing all these weird maneuvers to get her to flip, I was so nervous! THANKFULLY she was head down!! AND engaged in the pelvis so I hope she stays now! WHEW! That was nerve-wracking. AND already dilated to a 1 and 50% effaced. I got up to 4 cm dilated and 100% effaced before labor ensued with both Ivy and Leo, so hoping for the same.

Maternity clothes: So large for everything! Basically living in dresses, jeans have been too uncomfortable (but if you’re looking for jeans – love these white distressed ones) now that she’s lower, so dresses and leggings are my go-to. I recently bought this dress (non-maternity) (similar maternity one here) to wear out of the hospital because of how comfy it looked, and let me tell you, it is SOOO comfy! I even fit in it with the belly since it’s a loose fit dress. I also absolutely LOVE this beautiful pastel dress! So pretty. This dress looks super comfy also, and the off-the shoulder is gorg. This ruffle one-sleeve blouse is dreamy, love the floral pattern, so girly and romantic. Here’s another striped pattern one with lovely embroidery! Gah! So many great summer dresses out there!

Here are some more of favorites out there!
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Sleep: Oh gosh. With the whole not head down thing really throwing me a curveball, I have been so stressed out about that. So I have been up thinking about that, thinking about a name, thinking about this damn garage sale I’m having! UGH! I fall asleep fine, but then when I wake up to go to the bathroom, I can’t get back to sleep because my brain starts running wild! So many things to get done and do before babe is here.

Best moment this month: THAT SHE FLIPPED! Whew. I was so nervous about having a c-section or going through the painful version to try to flip her. THANK GOODNESS. Thank you baby girl.

Worst moment this month: Now that she’s flipped, she must be weirdly on my sciatic nerve, having so many spurts of horrible pain. HATE THAT. I’d rather take that than a feet down baby though I guess!

Nursery: Ivy and baby will be sharing a room once she is sleeping through the night. Excited for that sister bond they will have :) Ivy’s room (see her room here and here) underwent some changes this week. I moved her old crib back into the room. It’s pretty cute because the crib and Ivy’s bed are both the Jenny Lind style, plus I got the same crib sheet as Ivy has twin sheet. I also painted her room! Whew, shouldn’t be doing that at 36 weeks! I decided to brighten up the gray/blue color we had on 3 of the walls to just a bright white. I used Chantilly Lace from Benjamin Moore and kept her other wall the pink it already is, which is Amaryllis from Sherwin Williams. I’ll do a full reveal once I finish the room!

To Do: Pack my hospital bag!!! Never really got around to it with Leo so I need to get serious about it this time! I’ve partnered with Rebekah Scott Designs (local SD girl!!) and her fabulous bags and I can’t wait to get mine! You can choose your own prints and everything, so I’m anxious to see how mine turned out. I got the Olive and I think it’ll be perfect for the hospital and weekend trips!

See you soon baby girl!!!


 

Pregnancy Woos

May 2, 2017

Pregnancy. Really can get the best of ya, can’t it. Between hormones raging, a growing to-do list with nothing getting checked off, and a baby that could be here ANY day, pregnancy is really a tough thing to battle sometimes. Ups and downs, ups and downs.

We had our 34 week appointment last week and I learned that the baby is breeched, humph. I never had this with Ivy or Leo, so I was upset knowing that a breeched baby = a possible version to turn baby = possible c-section = one possibly really unhappy mama trying to recover while caring for 3 littles. I left the appointment pretty devastated, totally knowing I was overreacting and assuming the worst, but again, those hormones, ugh, just really get the best of you. This is something I really have no control over (I’m not good at accepting that!), these babies have minds of their own! Thankful for my friends who helped me feel better! I didn’t know so many of you had breeched babies so late in your pregnancies! I know I have hope and I’m clutching very tightly onto that, while doing every weird maneuver possible to get her to turn. Just ignore me in Barre3 class if you’re ever with me! ;)

Anyways, what I’m getting at is that this stage is so bittersweet. You’re between getting to relax because you still have a good month or so (you hope!!!) till baby and are soaking in every last second of that, but you’re also the highest strung you’ve ever been with sleeping like absolute shit at nights (what’s with this restless leg syndrome business?!!?!), peeing a gazillion times during the day (four times last night, ugh), baby sitting on your sciatic nerve (OUCH), having a million things to think about and do (can’t turn my brain off at night!!!), and oh yeah, picking a name (how the hell).

While I can’t wait to meet this baby and see her with Ivy and Leo, I’m going to try to relax a little bit and just laugh at all of this chaos, because frankly, the chaos is about to get even more chaotic! This is my last pregnancy and I suppose I better enjoy every good and bad about it! For goodness sakes, we are growing a BABY, and that’s a miracle on it’s own. I need to appreciate that more! These ups and downs will come and go, but the love we have for our kids will be here forever.

So here are some cartoons that are sure to make every mama chuckle :)

Umb… yeah. CAN’T SEE ANYTHING

Basically. Thank god for kids and making them pick things up! ;)

YES! Haha

Kos & Kaos – buy the book here


MAMA Style // Maternity Dresses

April 30, 2017

Minus this rain and cold out right now, I’m loving getting out of jeans and into dresses! Maternity jeans are soooo tight right now on this big ole 35 week belly, so I certainly prefer to slip into a dress. I love bodycon dresses! (Here’s one for that I’ve been wearing that’s NOT maternity and only $9.90! Comes in many colors). They’re tight on the bump instead of big and flowy to make you feel even larger than you really are. But I can’t complain about flowy dresses either to hide all the extra weight around the hips and butt! Give me all the maxi dresses for so much comfort! I’ve rounded up my eight favorite maternity dresses out there right now. The denim embroidered one is my FAVORITE!


Top || 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Bottom || 1 | 2 | 3 | 4


Isn’t the denim one so fabulous?! ASOS is my absolute favorite for maternity clothes, they’re cheap and offer SO many options! Plus buy the $19/year 2 day free shipping, it’s so worth it! Like Amazon Prime!

The teal bodycon dress (#3) is sooo comfortable and it comes in 15 different colors for only $47! I want like 5 of the colors! It’s so comfortable and you can really keep it casual for day or dress it up for night.

Here are some more of my favorite maternity dresses out there!
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Easter Weekend 2017

April 18, 2017

Such a fun Easter weekend! And it was GLOOOORIOUS outside both Saturday and Sunday! I love when Easter is a little later into April, last year there was still snow on the ground in March! This Easter we had two days to celebrate. We went to lunch with the Easter bunny on Saturday and it was a huge hit! Leo was OBSESSED with the bunnies, following them around everywhere and giving them hugs. It was adorable. Ivy was more into the Easter egg hunt, running around to gather as many eggs as possible. She definitely got some practice, that was the first of three Easter egg hunts they got to do!

Easter morning was filled with beautiful music and a sentimental sermon at Church, followed by the second Easter egg hunt. Leo would stop to see what was in the egg each time, so he never gathered too many, which we didn’t need more candy anyways! We headed back to our house with my family and my husband John’s family to be together for Easter brunch. It was beautiful outside for the third and last Easter egg hunt, brunch, then drinks and socializing on our patio the rest of the day. So nice to relax and enjoy some sunshine while the kids ran around on sugar highs! :)

Ivy… such sass with that hip pop!

Ivy’s dress // Leo’s shirt // Leo’s pants

And I celebrated 33 weeks with the baby! Feeling huge lately, but I know how much bigger I have yet to get!

Dress


Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!