Turner’s First Day of School!

I enrolled Turner in school this year. He is going to the preschool at our church, which is quite convenient. He’s only going two days a week, which is just enough! He actually is in the “twos” class because his birthday is in November. That makes him the oldest (and biggest) kid in his class. But that’s ok with me!

Last week was “Meet the Teacher”. Stew and I both got to go, which was so nice.

We got there, and his teacher, Ms. Angela, had a craft set up for the kids to do for the first few minutes. It involved painting, which he’s never done because, while we definitely have fun together, I’m not adventurous enough for that.

Then the kids went outside with the other teacher, Ms. Teresa, while we all got to sit and hear about their year ahead.

It was so cute! We got a schedule that outlined their days. It’s pretty much 20 minute increments of craft/learning/outside/snack repeat.

This morning was the big day! I had his lunch mostly packed last night (all except his PB&J) and a vat of overnight oats in the fridge, so everything was ready for our big morning! We had been talking “school” up all weekend to help soften the blow. I didn’t know how he’d take it, but he was surprisingly really excited to go to school this morning! Of course, it helped that he’s in the same room as his Sunday school class.

We walked in and were ready for him to break out into sobs, but he just ran into the room and started playing with the trucks! Part of me was like, seriously? I birthed you and that’s all I get?! And the other part was relieved because I would have been worrying all morning that he was a hysterical mess. But, alas, we picked him up and he was all smiles. His teacher said he did great. So, I guess that’s it. The beginning of the rest of our lives with a school kid! It’s amazing how time flies!

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35 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 35 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 32 pounds
Maternity clothes? Definitely. But even they are uncomfortable.
Best moment this week: The nursery is finished! We also had meet the teacher for Turner, which was nothing short of amazing!!
Miss Anything? coffee and fitting into my regular clothes. I could go for a tall glass of wine too.
How are you sleeping? Sleeping pretty good still!
Movement: Yes. Non-stop!
Food cravings: I’m wanting more comfort foods. That may also be because we’re creeping towards fall!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling pretty good! The queasiness doesn’t seem to be there! Only took 8 and a half months.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: I’ve been pretty crampy lately and lots of Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? So close to being out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? I go back to the birth center Monday which I always love. I see the on-call OBGYN in case I need to get transferred from the Birth Center to the hospital. That makes it feel really close!

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Lifestyle Maternity Photo Shoot

I apologize in advance for the massive amount of pictures I’m sharing. But, I can’t even narrow it down! I was tempted to share all 78 of them!

We decided to do a lifestyle shoot because we already did the typical maternity shoot when I was pregnant with Turner. This time, I wanted to capture a day in the life, rather than have it all about my baby bump! Now, we definitely don’t get dressed up and make pancakes every day. And there are plenty of meltdowns in the mix of our regular days. But the reality is, I adore cooking. And Turner has been a part of that since day one! I’ve had him in the kitchen with me starting in his K-Tan wrap, in his bouncer, in his Kitchen Helper, and now on a chair. I want him to love cooking too! I feel like that will translate into him being adventurous in his eating! I’ll let you know how that works out ;o)

Molly, with E Bea Photography, was super excited about the idea. She liked the idea of just letting us do our thing and her being a fly on the wall. We had a blast and definitely created some memories of our little family of 3 before Baby Girl arrives! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
















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34 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 34 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 31 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes. In this pic, my tank and jeans are from A Pea in the Pod. But honestly, I prefer dresses since they’re nice and loose!
Best moment this week: finishing up the nursery! Just a few pics to print and put in frames from our maternity session (will be posting soon) and we’re all set!
Miss Anything? Fall asleep and staying asleep, coffee, my regular wardrobe.
How are you sleeping? It depends on the night. I’m definitely tired. I can fall asleep but if I wake up, it’s hard to fall asleep due to baby girl moving!
Movement: Constantly.
Food cravings: I’m getting in the mood for autumn foods. I’ve been wanting sweet potatoes and squash. Stew picked up this Chai mix from Trader Joe’s and it’s definitely a staple in my day!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling ok. Turner had a stomach bug and I just didn’t feel normal this week. But I don’t think it’s pregnancy related!
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Almost out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? Going to Asheville this weekend! Then when we get back I’ll have my baby shower and then it’s Baby Month! It’s so hard to believe how fast this is going!

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Berry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Turner loves a good smoothie. In fact, we have a “smoothie date” every day before his nap. That means we either go to our local smoothie shop, or if we’d rather not spend an arm and a leg, we go home and make our own. Our “go-to” is some sort of variation on this one.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of smoothie bowls on Pinterest, and I thought that would be such a fun thing to try! So I did a similar recipe to our favorite smoothie, but made it a bit thicker to eat with a spoon. And the toppings are the best part! Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear!

Berry Protein Smoothie Bowl
A fun spin on our regular old smoothie!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 ripe avocado (flesh)
  2. 1/2 ripe banana
  3. 1 cup fresh spinach
  4. 1 tsp agave nectar
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1 heaping Tbsp plain greek yogurt
  7. 1 tsp chia seeds
  8. 1 Cup frozen raspberries
  9. 1 Cup frozen cherries
  10. 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  11. Optional toppings: coconut, raspberries, bananas, chia seeds, walnuts
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and mix until combined. Top with your favorite toppings!
Notes
  1. I use a vitamix, so the tamper allows me to mash everything down as I blend. If you have a regular blender, stop periodically to scrape down the sides so it's nice and smooth.
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33 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 33 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 30 pounds
Maternity clothes? Definitely. And my current favorite, the Target nightgown I’m wearing in this picture (similar HERE)! It’s so comfy and doesn’t look like a nightgown at all!
Best moment this week: Getting the house super clean and organized! I’m ready to finish up Baby Girl’s nursery next!
Miss Anything? Coffee, having a bigger appetite, sweaty workouts, COFFEE.
How are you sleeping? Still sleeping really well! There is the occasional night where I wake up to go to the bathroom and have trouble falling back to sleep due to the sharp jabs happening inside my body! But, so far, I can’t complain about the sleep.
Movement: She moves a ton!
Food cravings: I’ve been wanting more autumn foods like pumpkin and sweet potato. I made a pumpkin coffee cake the other day and it was delicious! I’m still eating my usual favorites… cereal, oatmeal, fruit, PB&J, cheese. Trying to get that protein in! I’ve been throwing chia seeds, avocado, and greek yogurt into my daily smoothie for added protein, which helps.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I felt pretty good this week. Queasiness isn’t too bad.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? So close to being out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? Going to Asheville with my hubby next weekend! Our last adventure before Baby Girl :o)

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Nesting Much?

It’s safe to say that, for the majority of this pregnancy, I’ve felt rough. I’ve been on Diclegis the entire time for nausea, and I’ve been sooo tired! I know it could always be worse, but it definitely isn’t as easy as my pregnancy with Turner!

But, the past 2 weeks, I’ve had a major energy boost! I know, strange for the last few weeks of pregnancy. But, I’ll take what I can get! I never really experienced the “nesting” phase with Turner, because I’m always sort of OCD and overly organized. But I don’t think there’s a surface or drawer that hasn’t been organized by me in the past 2 weeks! I’m talking hands-and-knees-magic-erasing-everything.

Over the weekend, Stew and I were in project mode! He built some built-in cabinets in our living room a few months ago and it’s been half finished for quite a while. So this weekend, we went out to get what we needed to finish. Now all it needs is some white paint and we’ll be ready for holiday mantel decorating!

We also worked on the nursery, but it’s not ready for pictures quite yet. All of the window, floor and door trim is up and about half of the crown molding is up. But the room looks like a bomb went off because everything is in a pile in the center! Once all of the trim is done, I’ll get Baby Girl’s room whipped into shape.

And, of course, we took breaks for ice cream and snuggles so Turner didn’t mind too much! He actually really enjoyed helping us with the projects too.

We are really making progress! We’re running out of weekends to get ready for Baby Girl’s arrival, so it’s crunch time! Stay tuned for more projects to come!

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32 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 32 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 29 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yea. I can get away with dresses too, which is actually my preference since anything tight on my belly is uncomfortable! In this picture, I’m actually wearing a nightgown from Target (similar HERE)! No one would know it’s a nightgown unless they actually owned it as well. I got two of them and they are now a prego staple for me!
Best moment this week: Going to my midwife and talking about my delivery. It feels so close when I’m there talking about it!
Miss Anything? loving coffee, having energy, fitting into my regular clothes, rinse repeat.
How are you sleeping? Sleeping great still! Baby Girl is actually moving more during the day and less at night so that’s helping.
Movement: She moves constantly. I went to my midwife yesterday and Baby Girl is head down! So I feel her in the same spots everyday.
Food cravings: I actually have been wanting cinnamon sugar pop tarts for the past few weeks, but I didn’t let myself give in. Finally, last week, as I strolled down the cereal aisle at Publix, there they were in all their glory. So I bought a small box and they were oh-so-delicious!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m feeling pretty good this week! I only get queasy right around Diclegis time or if my stomach gets too empty.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? working its way out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? So much! This weekend, we’ll finish the trim in the nursery. In a week and a half, Stew and I go to Asheville for our last hoorah, and the next weekend I’m having a little baby shower with some girlfriends. Then it’s Baby Month!

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Nursery Planning

Wall Art/Changing Table/Crib

We’re finally making progress on Baby Girl’s nursery! It will be more of a bohemian style rather than girly style.  The walls are Valspar’s “Filtered Shade Gray” and the accent pieces are light pink and teal (Valspar’s “La Fonda Mirage” to be exact). Stew is putting up trim as we speak, and I’ve got all of the furniture and most of the wall art picked out. It’s just a matter of organizing it and pulling the room together! The most exciting part will be organizing all of her little clothes, headbands, leggings, and hair clips into jars and baskets. I thought I’d share a few of the pieces I’ve collected before the big reveal! More to come!

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31 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 31 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 28 pounds
Maternity clothes? Definitely. My friend Sara gave me two shirts from Gap Maternity. I’m wearing one in this picture. They fit perfectly. I’m also rocking the skinny jeans from ASOS that I got when I was pregnant with Turner.
Best moment this week: Getting trim for the nursery! Stew’s putting it up as we speak. Her room is coming along!
Miss Anything? loving coffee, having energy, fitting into my regular clothes, and cooler weather!
How are you sleeping? This week has been great! I listen to my hypnobabies right before I fall asleep every night and sleep like a rock.
Movement: She moves a ton. It’s pretty predictable at this point too.
Food cravings: The queasiness makes food not that exciting. I eat lots of fruit and I try to get as much protein I can.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Each day is different. But I still have queasy days here and there, but I’m so used to it.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? working its way out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? Stew and I are going to have a little getaway to Asheville in a few weeks once work slows down. That will be awesome. When we get back from that trip, it will be Go Month! Can’t waaaaaait!

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