Monday, July 28, 2014

Baby #2: 30 Weeks

How Far Along? Officially 30 weeks pregnant...technically, in this picture I am 30 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Taking the bump pictures after church on Sunday works best for us! 

Size of Baby? Liam is about 16 inches long and around 3 pounds according to Baby Center. This would put him around the size of a head of cabbage. Grow baby, grow! 

Maternity Clothes? Oh yes! I have been watching sales on Zulily for non-maternity items for fall. I am kind of ready for some non maternity clothes! 

Gender? Bundle of BOY! 

Movement? This fella never (rarely) stops moving. He is SO active! If I'm being honest, it concerns me just a little about how he will be once he is here. Lilly was so mellow and calm as a baby, and also in the womb. I think Liam is going to be the opposite. Oy! 

Sleep? Last week I battled my first few rounds of pregnancy insomnia. Not fun! I also have been increasing the number of time I get up each night to potty. I remember this from Lilly's pregnancy too-all God's way of preparing me for sleepless nights with a newborn! 

Food Cravings? Steak! I am still wanting all the meat! And of course ice cream too! 

What I Miss? I miss having energy and feeling like my body is my own. I really miss being able to bend over and pick things up off the floor. That task is impossible now a days!

Symptoms? Frequent potty breaks, insomnia, some lower back pain and some minor swelling too. 

Looking Forward To? I am looking forward to my OB appointment on Wednesday where we should schedule the c/s! I cannot wait to know the tentative end date...and make Mom's travel plans! I am so nervous about having a newborn at home and Lilly, so I think I will feel better when we have a flight booked and I know Mom is coming for sure! 

Best Moment This Week? Making it another week-the countdown is ON! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Florida Vacation Part 3: Lilly's First Time In The Ocean!

Prepare for extreme picture overload. I can't help it! This day was probably my favorite day from our entire vacation. It was! 

It all started with breakfast: 
Adorable, right? 

After breakfast we packed up and headed for St. Augustine. We dropped Louie off at my grandma's house so he would be inside and not outside in a kennel all day. This worked out perfectly! Soon, we were on the road! We stopped at the outlet mall for a quick little shopping trip, and I scored some great deals at Gymboree. I was so pleased!!!! In fact, I may have been overly excited about these matching jammies for Lilly and Liam: 
You can't really blame me though, they are perfect! 

Our next stop was the beach!!! Mom took us to the boardwalk at St. Augustine Beach because there is a parking lot, with showers and a splash pad for Lilly. Perfect! We had a picnic lunch before getting in the water. Oh boy. I wasn't sure how Lilly would feel about the ocean, but boy did she love it! I will let these pictures do the talking! I can still hear her laughing, and pointing at all the seagulls calling them "dog". Precious memories of our little girls first time setting foot in the big, blue ocean. Love it! 

After an afternoon at the beach we headed back to Mom's for a little swimming in the pool. I don't know what it is, but there is nothing as refreshing as jumping in a cool pool after a day at the beach. I think it has something to do with getting the extra sand and salt water off of you...I love it! We decided to head out for dinner a little later too-we went to my favorite Japanese Steakhouse (we don't have many of them around us, and they are all so expensive!). We had a wonderful time! Lilly loved the soup and the friend rice and yum yum sauce. I was shocked at how much food she ate! We all also enjoyed the show, so fun! 

We snapped some pictures before we left: 
It was such a wonderful day with so many memories!!! And, because Lilly liked the ocean SO much-we planned another beach day. Post coming soon! 

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

I hope you don't mind, but I am interrupting our Florida recap to bring you our weekend wrap-up from last weekend. It wasn't anything too exciting, but I am finding that even every day moments are worth documenting. These days, Lilly is changing so much every single day and always doing the cutest things. I really don't want to look back on these early years and feel like I have forgotten the details. Thus, this post! :) Enjoy!

Friday night we went out to dinner with Stephen's parents and it was such a treat. It's not often that we get to spend time alone with them-I think we all enjoyed it! We ended up at Main View and had a nice dinner together...even though Lilly was not acting perfectly, and even though she threw up on me (Sprite-thank goodness she hadn't eaten any food yet)...we went home after dinner and crashed pretty much immediately after bath. I was so exhausted after my first week back to work after vacation!

Saturday morning we were up early for swim lessons. We made blueberry biscuits for breakfast and then were out the door. Lilly now says "pool" and was so excited to go swimming. I think she misses her Nana's pool in Florida! She did great at her lesson and even got to go down the slide with Stephen for the first time ever. Of course I whipped out the Canon to document her first ever water slide! The first time down, both she and Stephen went under water unexpectedly. Stephen stubbed his toe pretty badly, and that interfered with him catching them both with his legs. I thought he was being dramatic, but a few hours after the lesson his toe was double it's normal size and black and blue. Ouch! Being the great Dad he is, he went down again though! This time, they did not go under water and I think Lilly liked it! I'm interested to see if she wants to do it at our next (and last) lesson. We will see!
We came home for Lilly to nap and then we were off for some errand running. First we had lunch at Culver's-our favorite! We went to Meijer for some home improvement project supplies and then grocery shopping at Aldi's. I am officially in stock the pantry/freezer mode, so we bought A LOT. We have been doubling our meals this week in efforts to freeze some and this will probably continue for the next several weeks. My goal is to have 30 meals frozen for when Liam arrives.
Miss Lilly enjoyed some peach flavored custard for desert :) 
Selfies by Lilly! :) 
Top two photos: Who know the fan isle at your local home improvement store could deliver tons of toddler fun? Lilly LOVED it! We spent a lot of time here too while Daddy shopped! And then we made funny faces at each other and danced down random isles while I laid down a beat. I am sure we got some looks from people, but we were having fun! 
Sunday we were up and ready for church, which was a special service for our family. Our two oldest nieces were baptized on Sunday! Stephen's parents were there and we all got to sit together. It was so nice! Honestly, it was nice because I was able to sit through an entire service without having to get up with a whiney toddler. I actually heard the message! Stephen did take Lilly out at one point because she was sitting with Ainsley, but Ains had to go get changed to be baptized and Lilly did not like her leaving, ha. She loves her cousins! We had lunch at home and spent the afternoon doing little things around the house-Stephen cleaned some of our brick in preparation to reseal it and we also washed the windows inside and out. We ended the weekend with a little splash time in Lilly's pool; redneck style! Oh, and of course there were popcicles involved! 
I posted a video of her going down the slide into the FREEZING cold water on IG and FB-you should check it out, I think it's pretty cute! 

I hope you all had a great weekend too! Next weekend is our last swim lesson and our annual family reunion with Stephen's family-should be fun!