Friday, March 28, 2014

19 Months

19 Months
-25.5 lbs & 33in
-First two weeks in Nursery (at church).
-Loves climbing up and down stairs (or anything).
-Major chatterbox. 
-Very much a daddy's girl still. 

We have made it through our first couple weeks in Nursery. This means that Brian and I can finally enjoy church again. The first week she did fantastic and the Nursery leaders asked if she was in daycare because it was such a smooth transition. The second week not so much. The second week we peeked into check on her halfway through and we could see her crying in the corner saying "No" to everything. We figured out that she had a dirty diaper and was NOT happy about it. We'll see how she does from here on out. I am been trying to push her nap time back everyday and hopefully we can continue to attend church uninterrupted (until August that is). 

She is still very sweet but I do see the occasional toddler sass making an appearance. She went through a 3 week aversion to the bath. I had the nerve of putting bubbles in one day a few weeks ago and it was a full bath time meltdown every night from that point on. We are finally coming around to her enjoying the bath again but it has been a rough couple weeks. Who knew bubbles could have such a reaction?? We found that adding Tupperware to the bath has been the trick. She loves it! Toddlers are real funny (and by funny I mean nutty). 

We love getting settled into the new place and Amelia has been quite the helper. She loves sweeping, which mean whacking me and Goose in the face with the broom. She also loves finding screwdrivers or anything like that and playing the drums on the floor. Oh and don't forget emptying out every drawer and cabinet at her level. The truth is that while this stage has been the hardest for me, I LOVE it! I love watching her personality come out and at this age you see changes almost everyday. 

Last but not least pajama time. 

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Belly Update: 22 Weeks mom always warned me about horizontal stripes. 

22 Weeks
Symptoms: Nighttime bathroom trips are starting. Awesome. 
Cravings: Water and gatorade. Lots of gatorade. 
Missing: Warm weather and dresses. I woke up to 5* this morning. Come on Spring! I can't wait to start wearing dresses. I am not a fan of maternity pants and my regular pants are not cutting it anymore. 
Movement: Still lots of kicks. 
Highlight of the week: Finally got to do a beach trip in a normal amount of layers. Goose has never been so thrilled! 

I started this blog because we live so far away from family. I am glad that I kept it up through the first pregnancy and that I am doing it again. One thing that is tough though is posting pictures when I am not feeling my best. I was for sure not feeling my best this week. The smile is a little forced and I can't help but hate that shirt in this picture. Not really doing me any favors. Anyway...moving on.

So who is counting down to Easter?? You know this girl is! I have almost everything for Amelia's basket and picked out the cutest little dress. In my family everyone had a "special" Easter outfit. When I mentioned this to Brian about getting Amelia a new dress for Easter he looked at me like I had two heads. Is that weird? I thought is was totally normal to get an Easter outfit.  And yes Amelia will be wearing a new dress, as will I (most likely because nothing will fit).

Happy Thursday!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Belly Update: 21 Weeks

21 Weeks
Symptoms: Hunger and sciatic pain. 
Cravings: Still carbs and lots of water. 
Missing: High aerobic exercise. I can't believe I miss Insanity but I do! I suppose I could do a modified version. 
Movement: Lots of kicks. This baby is sitting really low. 
Highlight of the week: First day of Spring! We had 1 day of weather in the high 40's and I can taste spring and summertime. Tastes like fresh lemonade and fruit salad.  

This pregnancy is going well so far. It has been a little more challenging than last time. I think the challenge is mostly related to having a toddler and moving (again). Now that we are getting more settled I am much more relaxed and the symptoms are getting better. With the exception of my clothes getting too small I am (luckily) not having many pregnancy symptoms. 

We are all moved into our new house in Maine and loving it. It is nice having our own place but more than anything Maine is truly our home. It is surprising that these California kids fit in so well but we LOVE LOVE it! It seems to be the place that we have been looking for all along. We have a perfect combination of the beach and small town country. It is very far away from EVERYONE we know but we feel very much at home in Maine. Everyday we talk about how much we love it and could see living here forever. With us you never know but I do think we found the place we will stay (ask me again in 3 years).

I hope everyone had a wonderful first day of spring and please send your warm weather vibes our way!

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

.::Happy St. Patrick's Day::.

Remember last year when I took these pictures of the sweetest little bald baby ever!
I love looking back on this blog and seeing the changes from one year to the next. Not only with Amelia but our entire life is very different. We were finally getting settled into our home in Georgia back then and now we are freshly moved into our new home in Maine and pregnant! 

So not only does Amelia have more hair but my pancakes have gotten WAY better. I am finally learning how to make festive food actually tasty. 

I think she likes the colorful food as much as I do. Glad
my efforts are appreciated! And check out
that fantastic gap it!

I ended up taking some candid photos after church yesterday. She was already in a green dress and was in a good mood so I jumped on the impromptu St. Paddy's Day photo shoot.   

I love ALL holidays but I especially love St. Patrick's Day. I feel like it is the gateway to spring! I just hope that New England gets the memo and warms up. And while I am not Irish I will leave you with an Irish blessing to help you celebrate today...

  May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck
 pursue you each morning and night.

Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks

In our new kitchen :)
20 Weeks
Symptoms: Heartburn, fatigue, acne, sciatic pain...the norm. 
Cravings: Carbs carbs carbs. Basically anything that involves any form. I am surprised I haven't gained more than 6 lbs. 
Missing: Caffeine and warm weather. I suppose the warm weather has nothing to do with the pregnancy but I reeeallly miss it. 
Movement: A little movement. We have moved past the flutters and feeling faint kicks. 
Highlight of the week: The 20 weeks ultrasound!

This pregnancy has been quite different than my first pregnancy. In the beginning I felt major fatigue. I even felt nausea for a couple weeks, thank goodness it was only a couple weeks. The biggest difference is the hunger. With Amelia I had hardly any cravings and pretty much wanted fruit and veggies the whole time. This time around the cravings kicked in immediately and haven't stopped. I want bagels, cereal, bread, pasta, and sweets.  I am doing my best to keep everything in check but truly that is what my body wants. I don't know if this is because I was eating a semi-paleo diet for a few months before (and loving it) but now I want all things starchy. While I don't want to gain too much weight (last time I gained 35lbs) I also know that cravings are sometimes telling us what we need. When I crave sweets I eat fruit and sometimes try to up my protein to help with the carb cravings. On the other hand, sometimes a cupcake is the only cure...

We had our 20 week ultrasound this week! 

No, we didn't find out the sex and no we don't plan to. We did, however, find out that we have a healthy wiggly baby. Even though we are halfway there it hasn't quite hit me yet. Then again, Amelia didn't really hit me until I was holding her at the hospital (and maybe not even then). Speaking of Amelia, does anyone have advice on introducing the idea of a new baby to a toddler? At this point she doesn't seem to understand/care. Just wondering what methods or ideas people have for helping a toddler understand what is about to happen. 

If you followed my blog last time you know that my weekly pictures are looking a little different. Last time I had a smaller chalkboard and I wore the same outfit every week with a different background. This time around I thought I would keep the background the same (the fabric was expensive) and wear different clothes. I also made a new chalkboard. I wanted something bigger and unframed. I had some old canvases laying around so I painted over an awful peacock painting I did a couple years ago and there you go, chalkboard! I think I might also document the belly from the above angle. What do you guys think?
Looks a lot bigger from this angle.

ps. St Patty's day post coming later today.
pss. We are making plans on the home blog. Check it out The Golden Peach.