March 17, 2014

25 weeks- Baby #2!

HI!

Still here.  Still pregnant.  Still snow on the ground in the middle of March.

I wish I had a really cool excuse as to why I suck at updating every week about life & pregnancy--but, the truth is that our computer is located next to a sliding glass door and it's just really cold when you sit over here.  So, um..yes.  That's why I've been a big fat failure at blogging.  Also, Adam is home approximately 30 seconds every week which leaves me with the Drama Baby who apparently tells everyone she meets the she "loves beer" so I'm basically just trying to not kill either one of us.

That's my life these days, y'all! Just a lot of explaining everywhere we go and then also a lot of crying because I am just so daggum cold.

But, don't fear--I am here to do a 25 week update because HOLY HANNAH MONTANA I'm 25 weeks pregnant tomorrow!  Why does the 2nd pregnancy go by so fast? 

Also, Kate is back.  You don't even want to know what my face looks like today.  Also, somebody please tell Kate to tan her face to match her body, and for Heaven's sake get rid of the camera remote! What a Trashy McTrasherson she is!




How far along:
25 weeks tomorrow!

Size of baby:
Around 9 inches long and about 1.5lbs.  My midwife said I'm measuring big though, so that's just great.

Total weight gain:
I think I'm up around 10 lbs so far.  I go to the doctor on Wednesday (I think) and will find out then! I eat everything in sight so it should be no surprise if I'm 400 lbs by the end of this gig.  Today, Adam told me that he didn't care if I spent all the money in our bank account at Whole Foods, but by God I better stop eating Taco Bell.  Womp Womp.

Maternity clothes:
During our trip to Alabama my Step Mom and I basically bought out the maternity section at H&M.  Mainly just the tops/shirt section though because my Sister In Law gave me about 12 pairs of maternity jeans/pants.  Not even kidding--skinny jeans in every color and the most non-Mom looking blue jeans in almost every size!

Gender:
Still a girl--I guess! We haven't had another ultrasound, so I'm really hoping that ultrasound tech was right on the money when we checked ;) 

Movement:
All the time!  We are entering the "let me see how many ribs my unborn child can break" stage of the pregnancy, but I'm trying to enjoy every little movement and kick--that's what I missed the most after I had Presley! 

Sleep:
So SO good lately!  Most nights I don't even have to get up to use the bathroom! WORD BIG BIRD!

What I miss:
Being able to bend over,  the occasional glass of wine/cold beer, breathing...you know, everyday stuff that's a little more difficult to do when you have a volleyball for a stomach!

Cravings/aversions:
Nothing in particular.  Basically, if it's in my view I will eat it.  So, what out if you see me--I may eat you and your children.

Symptoms:
Just heart burn!

Best moment this week:
I can't really pin point just one good thing that has happened.  It's been going great lately!  Now, if you'd like to talk about the Drama Baby--then that's a WHOLE different story!  Wowzas!

Well, that's all I have for this update!  Let's keep this thang going every week from now on, mmkay?

February 14, 2014

Vaseline "Spray It Forward"

As most of you know, I'm halfway through my second pregnancy! The second time around things grow much faster and larger than it did during the first pregnancy--resulting in the aches, pains, and obstacles to do everyday tasks.

For me, at this point, the difficult task is bending over to do, well, anything that requires leaning or bending over!  When I got the opportunity to review the new Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer I jumped all over it, because anything that requires me to do less work is right up my alley.

The Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer is awesome because I can literally stand up straight, hold out the bottle and spray, then do this weird little leg-rubby-thingy and get all of the lotion rubbed in without even using my hands.

I would video it just for $hits & giggles, but just imagine a pregnant girl doing that weird dance that Ariel did when she was trying out her new legs in The Little Mermaid.  That's me when using this spray moisturizer.  It's just what works for me! And the great thing about this product is that it instantly absorbs into your body, so there's no need to sit around and wait to put your clothes on!

WORD BIG BIRD!

I also really like the scent of the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer.  I was sent the Total Moisture to try out, but usually use the Aloe Fresh scent.  I tend to go for scents that smell "clean" rather than "fruity or flowery" so these are perfect for me!

And and AND they have made two scents specifically for men! Ladies, you KNOW how lazy men are when it comes to moisturizing after a shower.  With the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer, it literally takes seconds to spray and soak in...so easy, even a man can do it! VASELINE FOR THE WIN!


Right now, you can receive a nifty little coupon for your own bottle! Just click HERE to get it!


 **All opinions are my own, although I was provided with this product while participation in my partnership with Vaseline and One2One Network**

February 6, 2014

19 weeks


How far along:
19 weeks!
HERE is my 19 week update with Presley

Size of baby:
About6 inches long (or the size of a mango)

Total weight gain:
Probably still around 5 pounds total still.  I don't feel like I'm putting on a ton of weight.  For the most part, it's all in the belly still! And, ahem, the boobs.  Oh my lanta.

Maternity clothes:
Yep.  And since we're talking about "clothing," I officially reached another first in my life: I had to special order a bra.  SPECIAL ORDER, y'all.  Like, the woman was all, "We don't typically carry that size in store but can order it for you!"  Frownsmile.

Gender:
It's a girl! Pretty flippin' excited about it, too :)

Movement:
Not too much movement, yet!  Although, I do think at this point in my last pregnancy I was feeling more.  I'm hoping this means that this baby girl will be pretty calm and mellow :)  I had some shaved ice last night and that must have woken her up, because there was some surefire movement going on!

Sleep:
Sleep has been much better! I usually just get up to use the restroom when Adam comes to bed (around midnight.) 

What I miss:
Sleeping on my stomach, for sure.  I think that has a lot to do with why I don't sleep soundly when I'm pregnant.  

Cravings/aversions:
Chipotle! And pasta! 

Symptoms:
Heartburn is in full force these days! That's really all I have to complain about, so far :) 

Best moment this week:
Hmmm, well, not really pregnancy related but last weekend Adam had a lot of time off.  We spent some much needed family time together, went out to eat a few times (and P actually behaved), and just lounged around on the couch! I can't wait to have a newborn to snuggle with during weekends like that!

February 1, 2014

baby items for #2

When we found out that the new little babe will be a girl, I immediately got excited because Presley will have a sister to play dolls, dress up, Barbies, dance/gymnastics with! (I mean, assuming they like each other.  I don't have a sister so I really have no idea how all of that works.  Lie to me and tell me they will always get along.)  It is nice knowing that we already have so much for the newest Princess and that we will get to reuse so many of my favorite outfits that PDizzle wore!

But, there are still things we will need and want!  So, here are a few (okay, um..a lot) of items that I have been eyeballing.  Keep in mind, I am an avid Craigslist/ Facebook garage sale/consignment/pre-owned buyer so most of these can easily be found for a much cheaper price! But, I will still link to where they can be found online!

1) A double stroller- We have the single City Mini stroller and love it.  It's one of the best investments we've made in the "baby gear" department, so I know the City Mini double stroller is probably amazing as well.  I am not dead set on having that specific brand, and it's probably best if we go to a baby store and test out the different double strollers they have.  If any of you have any recommendations then please send them my way!  

2) A new video monitor- We got our Summer Infant Video Monitor from a friend of mine and it was awesome! But, being an older version and having been through the ringer, it bit the dust a few months ago.  We are at the stage where we don't need a monitor for Presley anymore, but I know I will want another one when the new baby comes.  This is another item that I am not dead set on when it comes to the brand.  Our Summer Infant worked great for us though! I also like that this has the option to view the babe from our phone!

3) New diaper bag- This is something that I think we will definitely have to have.  The Kalencom diaper bag that I used with Presley will not work for two kids.  In fact, one thing that I didn't like about it was that there was barely enough room for one chills stuff.  I do like this exact bag-mainly because it has the option to be worn as a backpack.  Because lets get real--the thought of toting around an infant carseat, a rowdy toddler, then a diaper bag hanging off my shoulder makes me want to OD on Xanax right now.  Having that mug strapped to my back will be one thing out of the way.  This particular bag is pricey, so I will probably search around on Ebay for this bad boy.

4) Ergo baby carrier- I've heard SO many great things about the Ergo.  This is something that I will definitely have in order to make going out in public a little easier with a small baby.  I had a Moby wrap for Presley and hated it.  Just, all of that fabric and I would have to re-tie it constantly because it would slip.  

5) Smaller baby swing- This is an item that we really don't need, but would really be nice to have.  We have a swing, but it is so incredibly big and takes up so much room.  It also doesn't store very well and is such a pain to travel with.  And now that we are closer to the farm in Michigan, we plan on spending a lot of time during the summer up there.  My Step-Sister has this swing and it is much nicer than a lot of the "travel size" swings that I've seen before.  I definitely think this will be nice to have!

6) Highchair- The highchair we used with Presley broke, and then we just switched her to one of those plastic booster seats.  So, this space saver high chair is a must have.  These are all over Craigslist so it shouldn't be hard to find! We also won't need it until the baby is around 5 or 6 months so that leaves plenty of time to search around!

7) New rocking chair- Now this, THIS is something that I want to splurge on.  The glider that we used with Presley was great (and also a gift from my Dad and Step Mom) but it wasn't anything fancy and it wasn't the most comfortable chair I've sat it.  It really made those midnight rocking sessions a little uncomfortable!  This time around I want a comfy, squishy and reclining chair that I can possibly just fall asleep in with the baby in my arms at 3:00am.  I also would like the color to be something that would go along with our other furniture in case we want to eventually move it into the den or something.  I guess once we get the room/decor together we can really choose what we want.  This is something that I won't buy used--unless it's from someone I know :)

8) Rock N' Play- This item is not a "must have" on my list.  But, I have heard great things about this and wouldn't mind trying it out.  These are also always on Facebook or Craigslist, so if I can snag one up for under 20 bones then I think we will try it!

9) Convertible car seat- Okay, this is where I need opinions.  We already have an infant carseat, but will I actually use that? Would it be best to go ahead and purchase a car seat that we can use from the newborn stage all the way up to the age where she can move to a booster seat? I have seen this Chicco carseat at Babies R Us and love it.  I would think that if I had this carseat and then the Ergo, I could make it out in public with both kids (without lugging around the 900lb infant carseat.) This is where I need the most advice!

Wow, if you made it to the end then I give you, like, 47 high fives!  Please let me know if there are items that you loved/hated for the second time around!

January 29, 2014

18 weeks & it's a....

Welcome to the suck-fest that is apparently this blog! I really thought I'd be on top of my game when it came to the weekly pregnancy updates, but I really don't even know who I am anymore :)

I won't bore you with excuses (read: I can't kick this sinus crap and a certain nameless someone has been a demanding little diva lately--her name rhymes with Schmresley, though.)

So, here is where we are at with this new little babe!

First off, it's a

Presley is being promoted to Queen Bee--we are adding another Princess to our clan and we are SO excited!  I really had no preference, but with another girl coming along we won't have to buy much stuff for her! Hand-me-downs are the best--HOLLA IF YA HEAR ME!

Now, for how we are doing and growing...


How far along:
18 weeks!

Size of baby:
About 5 1/2 inches long (or the size of a bell pepper)

Total weight gain:
I am up 5 pound total so far!

Maternity clothes:
Psshhhh, heck yes! I never want to remember life before maternity jeans.  Ever.  I am actually pretty pumped to hit up the maternity section at H&M when we go home in a few weeks! Also, my sister-in-law just had her baby so I also plan on bringing home what she give me (they just had they're 5th child--she won't be needed any more maternity clothes...ever!)

Gender:
Girl! Yay! We haven't really discussed a ton of names, mainly because we don't like any girl names.  But, I think we may have agreed on a first name--it's just not set in stone yet :)  You know, I will let you know when we do decide!

Movement:
Not a lot yet! I will sometimes feel a few flutters if I am lying down, but nothing too intense yet!

Sleep:
I usually wake up around midnight to use the bathroom and then will wake up again around 5 or 6.  Most of the time I usually just stay up and get ready for work, because going back to sleep for 45min-an hour will just make me more sleepy!  I'm not tired throughout the day though.  I do go to bed pretty early :)

What I miss:
Still missing my appetite.  And if we're being honest, I could use a cold brewski some night (HELLO TERRIBLE TWO'S!) Other than that, we're good!

Cravings/aversions:
I have more aversions than I do cravings.  Raw meat just about does me in most nights.  I've really been loving smoothies, fruit, cereal and any type or form of potatoes!  And, OH LORD JESUS, I can not get enough ice water.  Preferably ice water from Sonic or Chik-Fil-A because everything tastes better from a styrofoam cup.  Am I right, or am I right?

Symptoms:
Not too many things to complain about during the past few weeks.  Although, I did get a sinus infection that I just can't seem to kick.  I also get the occasional visit from the Heartburn Fairy...little bitch.

Best moment this week:
Obviously, seeing our babe on the ultrasound and finding out she is a girl!  I wish I worked somewhere where there was an ultrasound tech.  I'd for sure take a peek everyday if they'd let me :)

That's is for this week! I will try my best to do this weekly, but as you all know--don't hold your breath!

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease...

January 14, 2014

Trendy Tot Tuesday

Wow! So sorry for the absence of recent Trendy Tot Tuesdays!  I know Kelly, Megan and I have all had a lot on our plates for the last few weeks (crazy job schedules, and two of us being preggo) but, we are hoping to get back on track.  We really had a great following in the beginning, and hope to get back to that!

Recently,  I announced on the blog that we are expecting baby #2 in early July 2014!  This has me all excited about finding Presley the perfect "Big Sis" attire for when the new baby arrives.  Of course, I've been searching Etsy like a mad woman and have actually found some really cute shirts, along with a really cute dress idea!

1) HERE

2) HERE

3) HERE

4) HERE

I really like the dress, except maybe with a different color of chevron print.  Maybe pink if we have a girl or blue if it's a boy :)

If you have any cute Etsy stores you recommend for this type of stuff, then please share!

 Won't you please join us?

Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid's style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style, a Polyvore board, linking to thee new kid's line at the Gap- anything!  ALL ages are welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all of their own stuff now :)

This is a hop-style link up so please FOLLOW YOUR HOSTS (myself, Kelly and Megan), and this week's guest host- we are in spots 1-4.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers! We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link up and finds some fabulous new blogs to read!

Please link back to (at least) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you'd like.  If you're a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot.

January 10, 2014

P-Dizzle at 2 1/2

It's been a while since I've done an update on the Drama Baby.  In the past few months our girl has grown and changed so much--so really, just for my sake, I thought I would document it here (in hopes that I will finish printing out my blog into book form!)

At 2.5 years old, Presley weighs a whopping 30 pounds! And I only know this because she had to be weighed in order to play on one of those bungee trampolines at the mall :)  She has also recently sprouted up and is gaining a few inches in the height department.  I'm hoping she isn't a shorty like I am, but maybe somewhere around 5'6...a girl can dream! 


We started the potty training process a few months ago, but really had no enthusiasm from Presley.  Like, at all.  She will go in the potty at school all day long, but the second she gets home she couldn't care less.  Adam and I should probably start working with her more.  Honestly though, I'm in no rush (as of now, but hoping she is trained by July when the new babe comes) and I know that when she is ready she will do it.  So, meh--it is what it is in that department :)


I think back to the days where Presley went to bed at 6:30 or 7:00 and realize that I didn't know how good we had it!  These days, she is up until around 9:00 or 9:30 and going full speed until her head hits her pillow.  She is still in her crib and by the looks of it, will be there until college.  She hasn't even attempted to climb out which is a plus!  Funny thing is that when she wakes up in the mornings, she doesn't make a peep.  She will just sit in there until I go get her--which sometimes is pretty late because I just assume she is still asleep.  I tell her she can call for me when she wakes up, but I don't think she understands. Oh well! 

I'm not exactly sure when or if we will attempt to move her to a big girl bed any time soon.  My theory is If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If that means we have to buy another crib when the new baby comes because Presley still wants to sleep in hers, then so be it!  She actually really has a comfy crib. I added a double layer of a foam mattress pad (I cut it so it would be the right size) and has a really soft pillow.  Not so sure I'd want to give that up either!


As far as eating/her diet goes we are still dairy free over here.  Sometimes it is unavoidable and she has some foods with traces of dairy in it.  But, we obviously don't give her the obvious stuff with dairy in it, like yogurt or milk.  We are still going with the dairy free options on most things and her skin looks great!  There was a time during Christmas vacation where she got ahold of some cheese cubes (unbeknownst to me) and the next day, sure enough, she had broken out into a terrible rash.   That goes to show that she obviously hasn't grown out of it--but hopefully she will!   


Let me just tell you, this girl of ours has turned into a Chatty Cathy! 

She. Does. Not. Shut. Up.

And OH MYLANTA is she bossy!? She has no problem telling Adam and I what to do or where to shove it (basically.)  If Adam is bothering her, she will say,"Daddy, go work!" or,"Daddy, go lay on your cot!" (she must have heard that a few times at school!)

It is so funny to me to hear her say stuff that I know she has heard from her teachers at school.  We were playing the other day and I threw a ball at her.  She turned to look at me and had her finger pointed at me and said,"Mama, no throwing."  Can't have any fun around here! HA! She will also say,"Mama, we don't do that." Which, I know is something she has heard her teachers say, because that is exactly something I used to say when working at a preschool! I think it's hilarious.


She is every bit of sassy, independent, smart, funny, wild and daring, SO goofy, snuggly, and really has just the best personality!  We can actually have conversations with her, compromise with her, and go places with her without it being a big hassle.  I really do love this stage she is in right now.

I mean, don't let me fool you.  We have PLENTY of temper tantrums, spankings, time outs, tears, foot stomping, fake tears, and pouty faces. 


My patience is tested more than I'd like, but I haven't ended up on the news yet.  I consider that a win in my book :)


This kid of post may seem boring to most and you probably stopped about two sentences in.  But, I want to remember this time for my sake so I thought it was worth posting!

Have a great weekend!