Baylee At 3 1/2!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Baylee's half birthday is today, and I can't believe she is only 6 months away from turning 4! She has grown and changed so much since turning 3, so I thought I would do a little update on her!

Right now, Baylee is 38 inches tall and weighs 34 pounds. She has already started wearing 4T clothes, and is a size 7 shoe. She is doing amazing in preschool, and I'm constantly in awe of how smart she is. She has complete recognition of the entire alphabet and what sound each letter makes (she can also recall words that start with each letter) and can count to 30 without assistance. She has also started learning to trace letters and numbers at school, so we practice at home and she is doing great! She can now spell and recognize her name when it's written down. I have a feeling that if she keeps an interest, she honestly might be reading before kindergarten.

The first few months of Baylee being 3 were really hard for us as far as her behavior. She became a sassy threenager overnight, and we had no idea how to combat "the beast". After a lot of trial and error, we are in a much better place with her behavior now. She has been sleeping great in her big kid bed, and is starting to listen much better. We definitely still have our daily power struggles, and rough moments (or days lol), but for the most part she's gotten a lot better at understanding that there will be consequences for little girls who don't listen! (Taking away toys seems to be a very effective method for her.) Other than the listening issues, she's the sweetest girl with a heart of gold. She is as caring as compassionate as ever, and completely full of hugs, kisses and cuddles! She does great socially at school, and loves making new friends. I'm so proud of how friendly and loving my girl is. :)

 Baylee is still obsessed with dinosaurs and animals, and she has a new found love of playing with her baby dolls. She got a lot of new accessories for her dollies for Christmas, and it has been great big sister practice for her! She is so excited for her sister to be born soon, and asks me almost every day if its time for "her baby" to come out of my belly yet. She also started ballet and tap dance classes about 5 months ago, and she's completely in love with it. We had her in gymnastics last year, but I noticed she had been getting a little bored with it. She's a very musical kid, so dance has been a lot more enjoyable for her. Her teacher is amazing, and she looks forward to going every week. (Also, I'm not complaining about the adorable costumes and cute!)

Here are Baylee's answers to her current favorites:

Favorite color?: pink and blue
Favorite toy?: my chubby puppy 
Favorite food?: chicken and soup
Favorite TV show?: Octonauts
Favorite game?: Lucky Ducks
Favorite snack?: fishy crackers
Favorite animal?: giraffe
Favorite song?: "ABC’s"
Favorite book?: "The Tawny Scrawny Lion"
Best Friend?: Maci and Sophie
Favorite Cereal?: frosted mini wheats
Favorite thing to do outside?: play on the slide
Favorite drink?: coffee (what?? lol)
Favorite holiday?: Halloween
What toy do you take to bed with you at night? My angel bear
Favorite movie: Beauty & The Beast
Favorite place to go?: In-N-Out
Baylee's great sense of humor keeps us laughing every day! It has been so much fun to watch her grow even more the last 6 months, and I can't wait to see how much she changes by this summer, especially with a little sister on the way!
Happy 1/2 birthday, sweet girl! 
Mama loves you to the moon and back!

Until next time! XoXoXo



Thirty Two Weeks

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How far along: 32 weeks 5 days

Weight gain: 20 pounds

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: Starting to have very uncomfortable sleep, but when I do finally get in a good position I sleep pretty hard!

Best moment this week: My prenatal massage was one of the best decisions of my pregnancy. I totally regret not doing one with Baylee.

Worst moment this week: I'm swollen and retaining enough fluid that the wedding rings had to come off! So sad!

Miss anything: Not having a bowling ball press on my rib cage all day :)

Movement: Still feeling kicks down low but no huge movements anymore, she's pretty stuck in place.

Cravings: Watermelon (which is completely out of season so I haven't been able to have any), milkshakes/ice cream, and still apples and peanut butter.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Nope, nothing at all!

Looking forward to: We are finally starting to make huge strides in getting the nursery ready! We should be able to put the crib together this weekend!

Big sister can't wait to meet her little sister!

Until next time! XoXoXo

Third Trimester Essentials

Monday, January 8, 2018

The third trimester is definitely the hardest, (in my opinion) so having some essentials to stay comfortable and make it a little easier is key to survival. I only have a few weeks left before I get to meet this sweet baby, so here are some things I have been using on the daily to get through this last bit of pregnancy:

1. Raspberry Leaf Tea. This tea isn't the best tasting in the world (honestly it kind of tastes like nothing and then sometimes paper haha) but it's great for toning uterine muscles. I will likely be having a c-section, but I have still been drinking a cup of this every day just in case. (If nothing else, it will help my uterus get back down to normal size!) If baby does happen to flip head down, I will up it to two cups a day around 36 weeks.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil. Peppermint is one of my favorite oils, so I go through a lot of it. I diffuse it for an energy boost, add a few drops of it to my water if I have an upset stomach, and rub it on my temples for those awful third trimester headaches. Also, as of late, I have been rubbing it across the top of my belly to encourage little girl to flip. So far, all it does is get her a little hyper, but it's definitely worth trying!

3. Target Maternity Tees. I don't know why it took me so long to discover these, but now I'm addicted and every time I see a new color, I get it if they have it in my size at the time. They're the comfiest v-neck shirts, and they're only $12.99, so I don't feel like I'm breaking the bank for something I am only going to wear for a couple more months. 

4. Nursing Bra. I am still in the market for a really good nursing bra, but for now this is the one I have because it's super comfortable. Instead of buying brand new bras, I always just invest in a nursing bra during pregnancy because I know it will get months and months of use.

5. Cliff Bars. These have been a saving grace for me when I'm hungry and need food now. I always keep one in my purse, and a box stocked in my cupboard. The blueberry stuffed with almond butter is my absolute favorite.

6. Birthing/Yoga Ball. I actually haven't blown mine up yet, because of baby being breech, but when I was pregnant with Baylee I sat and/or bounced on that thing every day in my third trimester. It helped relieve so much pressure off my back, and when I went in to labor, it did wonders to help me progress quicker.  

7. Contigo Water Bottle. I have these on my first trimester essentials list as well, but they are even more important in the last trimester. Keeping hydrated is a huge deal to prevent early labor and other complications, and without a big water bottle to take around with me, I completely forget. Wherever I go, my water bottle goes too so that I can remember to drink enough water to stay healthy!

What are your favorite things for the third trimester? I would love to add to this list!

Until next time! XoXoXo 

Thirty One Weeks

Thursday, January 4, 2018

How far along: 31 weeks 5 days
Weight gain: 19.5 pounds...I may actually stay under 30 pounds this time!
Stretch marks: Nope
Sleep: Good nights and bad nights, but definitely not very comfortable. I tell everyone that I've reached the point where rolling over in bed or getting out a bed is a complete circus act!
Best moment this week: We had the most relaxing weekend. It was so nice just to stay home and chill with Brian and Baylee.
Worst moment this week: Not a "moment" per say, but baby girl being breech is getting exceedingly uncomfortable. Her head is right by my rib cage pushing on my left lung and stomach, so breathing and eating are kind of a challenge these days.
Miss anything: Walking around without getting winded.
Movement: Oh yes, her bladder tap dance is getting perfected. Now if only I could teach her how to flip!
Cravings: My sweet tooth is making a return...I've been wanting cheesecake and vanilla bean ice cream. Also salad; all the time.
Anything make you queasy or sick: Nope, in fact I have a hearty appetite, but I get full super fast.
Looking forward to: My OB appointment next week, and finally getting the nursery all organized!

Until next time! XoXoXo

Surviving Is Thriving In 2018!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This is normally a blog post I write every year about all my resolutions that I have and how I intend to keep them, but I have deemed 2018 the year of no resolutions! Why? Because keeping the tiny humans alive is hard enough. ;)

As some of you know, along with being due to have our second baby within the next 8 weeks (omg!), Brian also started a new career in November. This new job is extremely demanding for him both physically and time-wise, so I am sole caretaker for Baylee and the household 90% of the time right now. Being pregnant and taking care of a 3-year-old virtually on my own has been no joke, but I know I have a village ready and willing to come help out once the new baby is here! 

That being said, surviving will be thriving with this new crazy life of ours, and even though I'm sure I will be pulling my hair out come March and beyond; I seriously can't wait! These are the days! I know I will look back in a few years and laugh about my lack of showers, diet consisting of Baylee's leftover PB&J and anything else I can find to grab and eat quick, and complete exhaustion. All of it will be out-shined by the double cuddles and kisses that are headed my way from my two daughters. :)

Any advice for a soon-to-be mama of two? I'll take any words of wisdom I can get right now!

Until next time! XoXoXo!

Thirty Weeks

Thursday, December 28, 2017

How far along: 30 weeks 5 days
Weight gain: 18 girl is getting so big!
Stretch marks: Nope
Sleep: Sleeping okay, but pregnancy insomnia is starting to kick in. It's really hard to get back to sleep if I wake up in the middle of the night.
Best moment this week: We had a wonderful Christmas, and I loved eating ALL the treats without feeling an ounce of guilt! :)
Worst moment this week: Confirming at my OB appointment yesterday that baby girl is super breech! There are definitely worse things, but there's now a super high (like 90%) chance that I will have to have a C-section. Because of my bicornuate uterus, chances are very slim that she has enough room to flip in time for delivery. I've been having vibes that this might happen since early in pregnancy, so I've been trying to wrap my head around it for a while, but I'm still super terrified. 
Miss anything: I definitely could go for a Philly Roll (sushi) and a margarita.
Movement: Yes! Because she is breech I feel a lot of kicks down low (my poor bladder!) and she shoves her huge head into my rib cage (which explains my awful heartburn).
Cravings: Nothing in particular except salad.
Anything make you queasy or sick: Nope
Looking forward to: Finishing the nursery and getting the house ready for baby's arrival! Now that we know for sure she will be born by the end of February (I will have a scheduled C-section at 39 weeks if I don't go into labor before then) everything just got super real! Let the nesting begin!

Until next time! XoXoXo

Christmas 2017!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017 was absolutely magical! I honestly think Baylee being 3 this year made it the best ever; she totally understands every aspect of the holiday now and made it so much fun for all of us! 

We started out our celebration at Brian's parents home in the mountains. We had a delicious dinner, and then Santa paid Baylee and her cousin Adalyn a surprise visit where they each got to open one gift from him early. It was so much fun seeing their excitement that Santa was actually at their grandparents' house!

As soon as we got home, we put cookies and milk out for Santa and read "The Night Before Christmas". Baylee eagerly went to sleep (for once) so that Santa could come and hopefully bring her everything she had asked him for. I have never seen her so excited to go to sleep!

On Christmas morning, Brian, my sister, my baby niece Kennedy, and I were all up before Baylee, so it was perfect. We put finishing touches on everything we had set up the night before, made our coffee, and started a fire in the fireplace. We heard Baylee starting to wake up, so Brian rang some jingle bells outside her bedroom door to remind her what day it was. She was so excited to run out and see all her presents. She got everything she asked for including a Chubby Puppy, a kitty surprise, a dinosaur book, and a cradle for a new baby doll. I had tears in my eyes all morning from her excitement and gratitude. She was full of "Thank yous" and "This is what I always wanted"! :)

After presents, we had a delicious breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon, and potatoes o'brien; then, we got ready for the rest of our day. We all loaded up into the van and had lunch with my grandma (Nanny) and then a wonderful lasagna dinner with my dad. The whole day was super relaxed and easy, it was seriously a dream Christmas for me. (Especially being so preggo and tired lol). 

We ended the night with my sister insisting that I took a bump picture in front of my dad's tree, and I'm so glad she suggested it! It turned out adorable, and got me so excited that I will be trading my big ol' bump for a sweet baby girl in just a matter of weeks! Best gift ever!

I hope you all had magical Christmases just like we did! 
So excited to see what 2018 has to bring! 

Until next time! XoXoXo