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15 & 16 Week Pregnancy Update

15 and 16 weeks have come and gone, but I'm just now getting around to posting my update! Nothing monumental happened in those couple of weeks, but here's my update, nonetheless...


FIFTEEN/SIXTEEN WEEKS UPDATE

How far along?  16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss? Officially up 2 lbs from my starting weight.

Maternity clothes? Yep.

Stretch marks? None yet...

Sleeping? Sometimes better, sometimes worse. 

Best moment last week? I've had some really hard days lately. It's been emotional and I've had to face some hard moments. But any moment with Lark stands out because she keeps me grounded and sane! Her giggle puts a smile on my face every time!

Movement?  Yes. At specific times of day. Maybe this baby is organized like its father ;)

Food cravings? Basically just junk. Sugar. Soda....ugh...trying to hold back!

Symptoms? Still tired. Nausea has calmed down A LOT!! Thankfully. Still have some food aversions here and there. My back pain isn't quite as bad either, for now. Dizziness. Lots of sinus issues and headaches. This pregnancy is basically following the same pattern as last time!

Gender? Couple more weeks!

Labor signs? Nope.

Belly button in/out? In.
  
What I miss: I miss my life feeling 'normal'

What I am looking forward to: warmer weather and hopefully getting out for some walks! It's been too cold!!




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Thirteen and Fourteen Weeks Pregnancy Update

Hey, hey! I hit the second trimest, a couple of weeks ago now, but I'm trying to play catch up on these posts right now because life has been insane!

Here is my update for 13/14 weeks...



THIRTEEN/FOURTEEN WEEKS UPDATE

How far along?  13 weeks

Total weight gain/loss? Still down a pound or two

Maternity clothes? Yep. Ordered a couple of items from Old Navy and broke out my previous stash from my pregnancy with Lark

Stretch marks? None yet...

Sleeping? I've had better nights lately, but they are few. I'm just not comfortable.

Best moment last week? We finally spilled the beans about the pregnancy. That was fun!!

Movement?  Yep! Last week I thought I was imagining things, but then I looked back and I first felt Lark at 15 weeks so not far off ;) Definitely feeling baby flutters!

Food cravings? I've started doing green smoothies in the morning and I find myself craving them! Also craving sweets and coca-cola!! Trying to say no though. The struggle is real.

Symptoms? Still pretty tired. Nausea seems to be calming a bit. Mostly only happens during a food aversion moment now, rather than all the time at random. Still having some back pain as well.

Gender? Nope. OB predicted boy based on heart rate, girl based on nausea...we find out for sure in early March!

Labor signs? Nope.

Belly button in/out? In.
  
What I miss: not missing a ton right now. Mostly my husband!

What I am looking forward to: hopefully feeling better in the next few weeks! And finding out gender soon!


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Surprise! I'm knocked up!

Hey, hey! Long time, no blog! Life has been just a little hectic since I took on a new job in a new location in December. But that's an ENTIRELY post all together!

In the meantime, we made a little announcement...



Surprise! Well, for you, maybe, but not for us...baby was (mostly) planned. I say mostly because I don't chart or anything, but we basically make a mutual agreement to stop NOT trying and let whatever will be, be. And just like with Lark, it was meant to be! I found out the week before Thanksgiving and we're super excited!

I'm going to do a week-by-week pregnancy series, but please, bear with me, I don't have my usual computer equipment and am making do with what I have, so the quality is suffering, but I'm hoping to remedy that very soon! I'm already in the second trimester, and the first trimester has been for many reasons, but you can find out more in this video...



It's been a long first trimester, but is flying by compared to my first pregnancy with Lark. We are just so much busier now and Lark is all over and all sorts of busy (update on her coming soon). I'm a tad apprehensive about having two babies so close in age, but also very excited for it and up for the challenge! I hope you'll follow along with us again!

I'm currently 15 weeks, so we're playing catch up for a bit!

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Firmoo.com Glasses Review

I was contacted by firmoo.com to review another pair of eyeglasses. Previously, I reviewed sunglasses and I still adore those glasses!

This time I opted for 'everyday' specs. But I wanted frames with a little flair. I love my black-rimmed glasses, they're pretty much a standard for me, so when I saw these frames that were half clear, half black, I gasped with delight! I'd been eye-ing a pair like this that are much more expensive, but with firmoo.com, you don't have to feel guilty about price. They're extremely affordable and very well-made. I also love that they come with a hard case and the best lens cloth I've ever owned...

I apologize if you're blinded by my ghostly-white complexion, but it's what I'm working with, so I run with it. And I've found that having such fair skin makes me gravitate towards clothing and accessories that provide a stark contrast. The artist in me is a sucker for black and white contrast! Another reason I love these frames, they're harsh transition from dark to light. The added touch of white snow is quite lovely, if I do say so myself! Although it was FREEZING when snapping these shots!


We've been having some odd weather patterns in Michigan as of late. Warm to cold and back again. But I've been layering up and if you know me, you know I love a sweater that looks like something from your great-grandmother's closet. There's just something so cozy about an oversized sweater! Going with my high contrast theme, I adore this sweater from Target and these gray jeggings are about the closest thing to pj's you can get without looking as though you just rolled out of bed. Plus they're super affordable from JCPenney.


My new glasses went perfectly with this sweater and one of my favorite tees from Bold Threads with a fun zipper detail. This black scarf, also from Bold Threads, is a staple in my fall and winter wardrobe as well. I love to frame my face in black. I just think it looks great with the fair skin and my dark hair.

A because a little color is ALWAYS a good thing, a bold, red lip was in order and is absolutely PERFECT with these frames! It might be my new favorite combo and go-to lip for the season ahead!


I'm actually not really looking forward to winter, because...snow...and generally I just really don't like to be freezing constantly! But I'm pretty excited these new glasses as a fun accessory to an otherwise dreary and drab season!

So for now, I'll do my best to stay warm in this blustery weather! But at least I'll be able to see clear as day while navigating on snowy days!


If you're a glasses-wearer, whether it's prescription or not, visit firmoo.com! They have so many to choose from and with their prices, you can basically have a new pair for every outfit...ok, maybe not, but wouldn't that be awesome?! I may have to start building a collection!

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Week in Review // November 10-16

Life is in overdrive right now. Like...seriously...

We have begun the process of packing and let me tell you, it's not really that fun. We just did a couple years back, so there's actually some stuff that's STILL packed, so that's a bonus. We just have so. much. STUFF. It's kind of ridiculous. Plus we have a baby now, and as you know, babies require a lot of things. And I'm that mother who's like, "I can't get rid of this because she wore it that ONE time, to that ONE place and did things..." I'm far too sentimental sometimes. Let's hope it doesn't land me on an episode of hoarders one day...

James is staying back for now. But I'll be living in our new city as of Thanksgiving weekend, which seems so strange right now. We aren't looking forward to being apart, but sometimes you just do what you have to do.

I also gave notice at my job last week. Which was bittersweet. I'm feeling good about the future, but leaving a place you've been at for 8+ years is definitely a mental process. One I'm sure I'll be working through for quite some time...it's just...complicated.

But we are excited for new adventures!


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Change...

Eight and a half years ago, I took a giant leap into an unknown future. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and no knowledge of the new surroundings I'd be thrust into. I placed my bet on love, and I won.

When I made the decision to move across the country to a city and state I knew nothing about, I wasn't all that afraid. I have no idea why, but I was open to the change. It was fresh, new and exciting. I was in love. In love with a man some would say I barely knew, which was true, in a sense. But I had to take the leap and 'do life' with him to see if it was possible.

Eight and half years later and I can say I don't regret that decision. It was a massive change in my life, both physically and mentally. I've learned many lessons along the way...some good, some bad. But all throughout this journey, I had a partner. Someone I could trust and depend on.

We've weathered many storms and shared equally as much warmth and sunshine, if not more. And we're both better for it. He's listened to me, year after year, whine and moan about my worries and uncertainties regarding my career. A career I adore, but not a job I adore. Never feeling like this job was a permanent place for me and never feeling valued for what I have to offer. I can say all of this now, because last week I gave my two weeks notice.

Change has been a constant in the last few years. And to be honest, I'm not good with change. I like to feel safe. I get comfortable. Why this didn't ring true when I moved to Michigan, I don't know. But in every other aspect, I tend to panic at the thought of new situations. I adapt really well, and I know that about myself, but it never seems to halt the initial worry of new adventures.

We've had pregnancy, birth, engagement and wedding in the last year. All exciting, and all huge changes! And I've loved every minute of it. But for some reason, leaving this job of 8 years frightens me! And sort of in a good way, I suppose, because it's catapulting me into our future. Again, an unknown future, but likely eons better than the one we were facing just a few months back.

I've accepted a job at a new company, in a new city. And I'm excited and hopeful, and trying to channel the 23-year-old me, who took the biggest leap of faith she's ever known for hope and love, and was 100% confident about it...I'm learning from her that change is good! It has taken me on a journey, the destination is constantly changing, because life is constantly changing, but I'm growing to like it.

Cheers to new adventures. Cheers to C H A N G E...

From our first week together. This was the last day of the trip in which we first met. It sealed our fates together.
Circa 2006...



"Change" is the November writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Erica of To the Sea. A few words from Erica --- Hello! My name is Erica and I blog at To the Sea. I have a two-year-old daughter and 5-month old son. I went to school for Geography and travel is my passion. I'm also an attorney, but I'm currently staying at home to raise my kids. I love surfing and punk rock. I write about parenting, fitness, and life around the world. I love being a mommy and am stoked to be a part of the Mommy Blogger Collective! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. /// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///

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Bittersweet...

This week's 'week in review' is a shorter one. With just getting back from a week away for our wedding, I just didn't have the energy to film much in our first few days back.

Last week shaped up to be a pretty big week for us...and things are changing for us, it's bittersweet, but we're ready for new adventures...

'All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.'
~Anatole France

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