Friday, March 29, 2013

Gender Reveal | Baby #2

Sometimes, the pictures just say it all.
This is one of those times.
We are thankful. Very, very thankful.

(So scared because Mama was crying and screaming!)

TWO little boys. I was wrong. And I couldn't be happier.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Boy? Or Girl?

This coming weekend we'll be finding out if little #2's is a boy or a girl!

I'll be honest, I've had some uncertainty the last couple of days, but my husband and sister did some "convincing" and now I'm back on track for the big gender reveal. 

Mama and Daddy are both sure our little baby is a GIRL.

Auntie Angela thinks it's a GIRL.

Most of our close friends think it's a GIRL, too... 

Whether they want a girl, or genuinely think it's a girl... that is the question. ;) Of course, we just want a happy and healthy baby, but that should go without saying. I'm looking forward to bonding in a different way with this baby, and perhaps deciding if I like the surprise or the reveal better. I, personally, have a laundry list of reasons I would want both a boy or a girl. No matter what color this baby wears, blessings will abound!

SO. Leave a comment with your guess!

Is it a darling little boy? 

Or a precious baby girl?

Saturday we'll tally up the votes, and do a photo shoot reveal. Winning team gets the satisfaction of being right, and saying "I told you so," as many times as it pleases them!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

18 Weeks | Baby #2

 How far along?: 18 weeks! Seems like such a big number. Nearly half way. Here I am at 19 weeks with Ralphie.
Total Weight Gain: Still about 5 pounds. Lost some, then started gaining again.
Maternity clothes? Sometimes. All my jeans are still comfortable, but I feel better if I've got a maternity shirt on. :)
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Pretty good!
Best moment this week: Flutters have continued, and then last night I felt some real bounces and punches! 
Movement: Definitely something in there! Every night I just lie and wait for something. Don't always feel anything, though.
Cravings: Uhm... FOOD?! Yesterday I had to have a Moe's steak burrito.  I generally don't have the same craving repeatedly, but there are definitely days when I just have to have something.
Gender Predictions: Still thinking girl.
Labor Signs: no
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or Moody most days: Been a little weepier lately, but overall happy.
Belly Button in or out? Still way on in, but I can feel pressure behind the top of it, and still have hope it'll pop soon! I love me a good, popped pregnant belly button.
What I miss: Nursing Ralphie. :(
Starting to show yet: I think so. A couple close friends have noticed.
Anything causing sickness or nausea: Still have that gag reflex kick in every time I brush my teeth. Meat that I prepare is also a queasiness-causer.
What I am looking forward to: The ultrasound is next Friday!!! Can't wait to see this sweet itty bitty's face. <3
Milestones: Fo' real movement!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spring Mantel

When we moved into our little old house a year ago, I was so excited about the mantel. I always had dreams of decorating it for the season, as I've seen other bloggers do. At Christmastime, I managed to do a little, and now for Spring I pulled together what I have and got this. It's not much, but for starters, I'm happy.

I had fun during naptime one day cutting shapes for this bunting and hot glueing the pieces of paper onto a long line of twine. Simple, but cheery!
 Ralphie let me borrow some of his blocks for our little Welcome Spring message! 
 I layered some of the pictures I generally keep on the mantel with the spring pictures I took of Ralphie last year when he was itty bitty. The colors pulled together well.

Welcome Spring! We are so ready for you around this house! 
Bring on the warmer weather, the chilly breezes, the warm sunshine. We're ready.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Life: Hard. But beautiful.

Oh, it has been one of those mornings.

Project 365: One Hundred Thirty-six. Valentine's Day Gift.
9AM hits, and my teeth aren't brushed, my day 3 hair is a shiny mess, framing raccoon eyes and chapped lips. Hopes of making it to the gym are long gone, and the near-16 week baby bump is dubbed a "food baby" for the day. As if I didn't already use the bathroom enough, I'm chugging pint after pint of water to clear the head cold I've felt coming for the last 48 hours. I'm pretty sure my skin is going to smell like garlic soon, I've ingested so much of the potent stuff; and I wouldn't be surprised if I suddenly had a blue-ish glow from all the colloidal silver I've been downing.

Project 365: One Hundred Thirty-three. Laundry
The dishwasher was loaded, at some point this morning. But I've had to load it three more times, because the one-year-old finds such delight in pulling out every dirty spoon, and every sticky cup whilst my back is turned. 

The laundry is going, praise the Lord, but there was no time for sorting this morning. Blacks, whites, reds and blues. They're all in there together today. I never do that. And then I find a stray sock tucked behind the hamper. Oh, well. Too late now.

Project 365: One Hundred Thirty-five. Bath time with the duckies.
The baby's crying, whining really, at my feet, begging for food. I know it because as soon as I lift him he reaches, lips smacking, for the fruit basket, the pantry, the bowl of brown grapes on the counter. How can this child still be hungry?! A quick snack, some drops of silver in his eyes, a teaspoon down his throat, a snuggle, some kisses. 

Project 365: One Hundred Forty-eight. Latest Favorite: Cantaloupe.
10AM. Naptime!

The poor boy has been sick three times in one month. As if I didn't already feel like enough of a mess, I push back feelings of guilt and insecurity as I turn the shower on. Hot, steamy water runs down my achy body. Maybe we could just sleep all day today? But, that's not the rest I need, and I know it.

Project 365: One Hundred Forty-five. Photo shoot by some cherry blossoms.

I fight with myself as I shave my legs. Why is my baby sick again? I must be doing something wrong!...

It's all Satan, and I know it. All the things on my to-do-list pop into my head, but I know I need Jesus first. 

Project 365: One Hundred Forty-four. Saturday crock pot meal freezing.

Wet hair, bare face, jeans and the shirt from yesterday. I fall onto our bed, Bible and journal open. Time for just God and me.

Grace. Joy. Peace. Forgiveness. It all sweeps over me. The exhaustion I felt is covered with a blanket of peace. The guilt is gone, the insecurities vanish. He is all in all.

Project 365: One Hundred Twenty-nine. My love bug and his new grin.

And here we are, the first week of March. Snow flurries this past Saturday, but spring promised by the scent in the air, and the buds on the trees. This weekend marked a whole year in Rock Hill. Wow. 

Project 365: One Hundred Thirty-seven. First flowers in the yard!
We're looking forward to garden planting, story-time going, ultrasound-seeing, Baby gender-revealing, and summer get-a-way planning. Maybe this is the month little man will decide to walk?

Project 365: One Hundred Forty-two. Peek-a-boo!
I am thankful. Every day I finger the two little pearls on my Mama Bird's Nest necklace and thank God for these two gifts he has given us. My mind wanders to days yet to come when they will play, and roam and explore together. Best friends, I hope. And when I snuggle next to my husband every night,  sharing the activities of our day, and laughing over an old episode of Everyone Loves Raymond I am thankful, again, that I get to be married to my very best friend.

Project 365: One Hundred Thirty-nine. I get to be married to him. <3

Life: Hard. But beautiful.