project baby #2 {baby shower}

I was so, so honored to have a shower thrown in my honor by my amazing friend Amanda  this past weekend. As with most things related to a second (or third) baby, I didn’t want anything too crazy, including a big baby shower. We really don’t need much this time around in terms of baby stuff (although I say that and my to-buy list is surprisingly long!) and I just wanted a party where I could catch up and chat with my closest girlfriends. It was perfect.

I don’t have a ton of photos since I am so terrible about picking up my camera during a party, but Amanda took some of most of me and my guests so I wanted to share.

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{A cold January morning was perfect for a fire.}

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{Brunch an a hot chocolate bar! Plus, aren’t the trees absolutely amazing outside the dining room windows?}

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{Little tags for guests to write wishes for Baby Lower. This is so special and I can’t wait to compile them.}

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And onto some pictures with guests (and I am so sorry if you left before we could get a photo!). It means so much to me that each of these women came out to celebrate Baby Lower.

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{Me and Sara.}

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{Me and some of my PEPS mama friends – Leslie, Shannon, and Heather.}

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{Me and Kyrsten. Not pictured is her adorably squishy newborn daughter!}

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{Me, Jess, and our bumps. Jess is about 10 weeks behind me and we are so excited to be having these babies so close together!}

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{Me and my mama. The best Grammie ever!}

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{Me and Amanda, the best hostess.}

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{Chatting, or something.}

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{We were all a little obsessed with the littlest shower guest!}

 

Thank you Amanda for such a perfectly wonderful morning. I know Baby Lower is going to be so loved and supported by some of the best women around!

Amanda also threw me a shower the first time around which you can see here!

And for those that have inquired, my jumper is Hatch Collection (though no longer available but there are others here) and is so, so comfy; I am obsessed! And my pin is Chanel (see more here) that I picked up when Aaron and I were in Paris almost six (SIX!) years ago.

Happy Shower Baby Foot!

M

project baby #2 {week 33}

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And this week’s outtake!

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{letter board: Letter Folk // tunic: Old Navy (old)}

{week 33} So we are just humming along here into January, and it is really starting to hit me that I am in the homestretch of this pregnancy, hence my face in the outtake this week! I have about 6 weeks or so, but the idea that I will technically hit “full term” in 4 weeks is frightening.

The biggest thing this week has been lower back and leg pain on my left side. Starting about a week ago I all-of-the-sudden had pain which I blamed on being on my feet so much (we had just been at the Aquarium) and immediately diagnosed as sciatic pain. I was pretty bad for a few days there and really limping around. It was, well, awful, and I couldn’t bear the thought that these last few weeks would be spent like that! But, I used a heating pad and started sleeping on my left side, and it has gotten so much better. I have to be careful though because just when I thought I was doing so well I went to barre on Sunday afternoon and pushed myself way too hard! I ended up going to see a chiropractor which I haven’t done since well before I was pregnant, and the good news is, the pain isn’t sciatic! It is more than likely referred pain from being pregnant; having this extra weight in my belly is just changing the way my body holds itself. So, I am feeling much better about the pain all around, but know I have to listen to my body and really take the time to slow down.

I am also really happy that I think I am finally over this stinkin’ cold that has been lingering for nearly three weeks. We all got sick right before Christmas (lovely) and it wasn’t really awful, but lots of congestion, sneezing, and coughing which is just so much worse when you are pregnant! I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it for the next six weeks without a bug.

Nesting is definitely starting to happen around here which I think I mentioned has taken the form of decluttering! It has been amazing to see all of the things we no longer use or need be taken out of the house. Eloise’s new room was painted this past weekend, so we can finally tackle some of the lingering projects for her new room which include: painting her new bed, hanging her new light fixture, hanging new shelves, rearranging her closet configuration, and mounting the webcam. And we sort of have to get things done with E’s new room before we can make updates to the nursery, so it feels like progress!

And finally, I am trying to be practical (and not being too over-the-top) with things like installing the car seat in the car, packing my hospital bag, and arranging care for Eloise which are all things I was apparently supposed to do (according to my pregnancy app which I check about every 4 weeks) this past week. We already have the car seat though don’t know whether it will fit in the car behind the driver’s seat and also be able to have Aaron fit in the car… And I have started a list of things to go in the hospital bag… And my mom and dad have planned a trip up to Seattle starting a few days before my due date… So, it’s all basically done, right?!

And here’s my 33 week update with Eloise!

Happy 33 weeks!

M

project baby #2 {week 32}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // tunic: Old Navy (old)}

{week 32} Last week I had a check-up with my midwife and everything looks great! I am measuring slightly small at 31 weeks, but that is pretty much the norm for me. My midwife and I were actually sort of surprised I was measuring that big because it definitely doesn’t look like it! When I lie down on my back, the bump basically disappears! Perhaps I have a larger-than-normal body cavity or maybe really small organs? (Haha!) We got to listen to Baby Foot’s heartbeat and it sounded perfect! Eloise got to hold the Doppler on my belly and she was pretty excited about it. For the rest of the day she talked about hearing the baby’s heartbeat.

My midwife also discovered that Baby Foot is already head-down! Hooray! I am still feeling most of the movement on my right side, so it must be a foot kicking? I haven’t felt any huge movements in my belly like I did once or twice with Eloise, but at this point I think that’s good!

I am still having heartburn, though it is mostly limited to evenings and nighttime and has been slightly alleviated by me sleeping with two pillows at night so I am propped up. Not sure why I didn’t think of that sooner! Maybe because my side of the bed already feels like a fortress with my maternity pillow.

I have had quite a bit of lower back pain though in the past few days which I am hoping will resolve itself. It is shooting down into my hamstring on my left side and is no fun. I tried stretching it out yesterday, but I think that actually made it worse. Since I can’t take anything, I have been trying to take it easy and use a heating pad. Fingers crossed this doesn’t last for another 8 weeks!

Also, we are about 50 days away from my due date, if you can believe it… it seemed like we would never get here, but here we are! I am trying to enjoy these last weeks of my pregnancy (since it is likely my last) and also enjoy the time I have with Eloise, just the two of us. My to-do list, as you can imagine, is a mile long but I am optimistic it will all come together! I have a handful of things left to buy before Baby Foot joins us (though you really don’t need much for the second one, do you?) but most importantly, we are planning on setting up Eloise’s big kid room and the new nursery in the coming three or four weeks. E’s new room needs to be painted (hopefully this coming weekend) and her new dresser will be delivered next week!

And see my 32 week update with Eloise here!

Happy 32 weeks!

M

project baby #2 {week 31}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // jammies: Hanna Andersson (wearing kids’ long johns; similar here)}

{week 31} Merry (belated) Christmas to the bump!

This week feels really similar to last week, except I was fighting much more of a cold this past week. Right before Christmas, all three of us were sick. No fun. Especially when I couldn’t take a decongestant or anything. But, I am on the mend and even though this congestion will likely linger (I had pregnancy rhinitis last time around) I am feeling so much better!

As we are now past Christmas and soon to be into the New Year, I am starting to get slightly nervous about how little time we have left with Baby Foot on the inside… I always told myself I had so much time left in the pregnancy and that the holidays were so far away, but here we are at the end of December! Nesting has definitely begun to happen, though it feels a little like last time around in that the nursery space isn’t ready to decorate yet (though I am SO thankful we are not neck-deep in a total house remodel!). My nesting has turned much more into purging than anything else. I tend to do that this time of year anyways with all of the new things coming in from Christmas, but since we are consolidating our office and guest bedroom and we’ve had the luxury of two extra bedrooms for these past two-ish years, it feels extra motivating for this mama to purge!

Baby Foot is still pretty active, though not quite as active as Eloise was. I feel his or her feet (likely) on my right side which is exactly where I felt most of the movement with Eloise – such deja vu! And no kicks in the ribs yet (fingers crossed!) but I am feeling a bit crowded these days.

I see my midwife later today and will update if there is anything big!

And here’s my week 31 with Eloise!

Happy 31 weeks!

M

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Pinterest Christmas {2016}: Teachers’ Presents.

Welcome back to week three of Pinterest Christmas! {See week one here and week two here.}

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This is the first year Eloise has had teachers and I wanted to be sure to do something special for them for the holiday since they are so wonderful. There are so, so many ideas on Pinterest (to the point of being overwhelming!) but I managed to find one that was super simple and fit with E’s teachers’ styles. I made the original DIY project even simpler by buying mugs that already had initials rather than painting a plain white mug.

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{original Pinterest link – Earnest Home Co. blog}

While I really liked the look of Anthro’s Gold Initial Mug, it really isn’t the style of Eloise’s teachers (who lean towards the hippy side!). So I found these beautiful Petal Palette Mugs instead which were perfect!

I found burlap at Jo-Ann’s (I used less than a quarter of a yard), small organic rosemary plants at Trader Joe’s, and small plastic cups in our party supply stash – easy peasy!

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I love that these gifts will last for some time – E’s teachers drink lots of tea and rosemary is super hardy, even I have trouble killing it! – plus they were super easy to put together. And, my kitchen smelled amazing after having re-potted that rosemary; the move from one pot to the cup must of activated the leaves or something!

Once I had everything in the mug, I placed them in Christmas-y paper bags and taped our family Christmas card to the front. Eloise was so excited to take them to school to her teachers last week!

And be sure to check out what Kendra’s up to all December long over on The Gilbertson Family! {Here’s her first Pinterest Christmas post!}

Do you make or buy teachers’ gifts for you kiddos for the holidays?

M

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project baby #2 {week 30}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // tunic: Old Navy (old)}

{week 30} Happy 7 months! Pregnancy months are really strange though and calculated differently than normal months. Via a pregnancy calendar, I am technically in the last week of month seven – eep!

Things are going well and I am feeling pretty good, I just tire more easily. I am also fighting a little bit of a cold that Eloise brought home, so I think that is contributing. My energy levels are much lower than even a few weeks ago, but that is just the third trimester catching up with me! I am still regularly doing at least one barre class per week which is so good for me physically and mentally. There are a lot of modifications I have to make at this point, but I always feel really great after a workout. If I can, I am going to schedule classes right up to my due date which is what I did with Eloise!

My appetite is still low. Food generally doesn’t sound very good and I could probably just eat cereal until the end of February. Eating anything in a large quantity is getting to be challenging since I feel like I fill up so quickly, so lots of smaller portions and meals thru-out the day. I am also trying to stay as hydrated as I can since I know it helps with swelling, etc., and am working on finding a balance between drinking lots of water and not having to use the bathroom every 15 minutes!

Sleep was a bit illusive a few weeks ago and I was waking up a lot during the night, but the past week has been awesome. I feel like I am actually getting a full night’s sleep which is much-needed since Eloise is as busy as ever during the day.

My heartburn and indigestion are still holding strong every time I eat or drink something, but not horrible. I just have to be careful when it comes to late-night snacking since eating or drinking right before I lie down really exacerbates it!

Also, I just heard that an old friend had her baby this weekend at just 32 weeks (she was one week further along than me) and while the baby is healthy, it makes me so thankful for every extra day I get to be pregnant. As most of you know, I love LOVE being pregnant and am trying to enjoy every minute of this one!

And, finally, I feel like I am starting to nest a bit. We have almost everything for the new nursery, but the space isn’t ready yet. We are waiting on one small project to be completed in Eloise’s new room before we can really start moving things around, and need to figure out when it makes sense to move Eloise into her big kid room. I am thinking mid to late January? Any other mamas out there have to move a toddler from one room to another to make room for a new baby? I would love any tips!

And see my week 30 update with Eloise here!

Happy 30 weeks!

M

Pinterest Christmas {2016}: Toddler Ornaments.

Welcome back to week two of Pinterest Christmas! {See last week’s post here.}

Sidenote: Sorry guys, this post was supposed to go up last week and I apparently never posted it!

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Eloise does a lot of art projects at school, comes home covered in paint, and then we hang all of her creations on the front living room window. I love that she is doing art at school because it is one activity that this type-A mama can have trouble doing at home. But, I thought it would be fun to make a few simple Christmas ornaments for the tree this year with Eloise.

Cute button tree ornament for the kids to make

{original Pinterest link – Hands On As We Grow blog}

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{original Pinterest link – Happy Hooligans blog}

I knew that I needed to keep things simple, so I kept the supply list short: felt, ribbon, buttons, pom poms, popcicle sticks, and glue.

I cut out the Christmas trees and wreaths out of felt and then had Eloise point to where she wanted to put either a button or a pom pom. Then I put a big drop of glue and she placed the button or pom pom down. It worked pretty well, although Eloise was much more interested in holding (and squeezing!) the bottle of glue… anyone know of toddler-friendly glue?

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By the time we were done decorating the trees and wreaths, Eloise had pretty much lost interest since I wouldn’t let her handle the glue, so the triangle popcicle stick ornaments are pretty bare. For those I just glued three sticks together on the ends to form a triangle and had Eloise place the pom poms. Once all of the ornaments were dry (overnight), I had Eloise pick out the ribbon color and I strung each ornament onto a piece of ribbon. She was excited to hang all of the ornaments on the tree which made all of it worth it!

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This was definitely a super-easy toddler craft and I am really glad we did it.

And be sure to check out what Kendra’s up to all December long over on The Gilbertson Family! {Here’s her first Pinterest Christmas post!}

Do you have homemade ornaments on your Christmas tree?

M

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