Cheers to 28

Cheers to another year of life!!!! [with water of course] I celebrated my 28th birthday yesterday and will continue to celebrate for the next 15 days. I celebrate all month long. Thank you so much to everyone for the birthday wishes on instagram, texts, phone calls, comments .. I appreciate it so much! Makes me feel so special.

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I woke up to flowers on the table, Levi already eating breakfast [slept in a bit, bonus!], a few presents, and the hubby making me some breakfast! My mother in law who worked all night stopped over with a card and some fresh cupcakes. I did wait for the eggs to settle before eating one, I thank you … We then headed out for some errands, some which included shopping. Matt told me he would do whatever I wanted and not complain and I didn’t want to push it too much but Anthropologie was on my list! Along with the Latte bowls that were on my ‘forehead’ [meaning I’ve been thinking about them and wanting them for a loooong time]. We of course bumped into a friend there whom of course called Matthew out right away that they couldn’t believe he was shopping in that kind of store. So shortly after, Matthew Levi was getting fussy so I finished up quickly and we were on our way. Crazy what makes your day once you have kids … like shopping without having to worry about your kid squealing is so so exciting.

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We also managed to have a date night last weekend with just the two of us at my favorite restaurant, Longhorn and it was de-lish! Followed by drinks with friends and me of course being the D.D. Which I’m perfectly fine okay with. I love feeling great the next morning! Then dinner last night with my whole family which was so much fun. Levi was very excited about the brownie sundae I shared with him. He loves anything and everything that isn’t good for him I swear. My mom even gifted me with professional house cleaning!!! AHHHH. Best idea ever! I am so so excited. Old age?! Mom problems?! You decide. I’m thinking I want to use it right before we bring this baby #2 home so I can lay around breastfeeding while sitting on an ice pack for 6 weeks and not feel sorry about it. Sounds lovely doesn’t it?!

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I thought it would be fun to do a little post with 28 things you may not know about me! So here it goes …

1. I was in 4-H and sold pigs for 10 years at the local fair growing up.

2. I grew up racing motocross every weekend. When I was 15 I actually competed in a huge race called Loretta Lynn’s which is out of state and a pretty big deal. Then I met Matt and my priorities went from tomboy racing to a BOY. Oh gee.

3. I’ve never really SAW myself as a creative person. Even though I know I am …

4. I am PETRIFIED of ticks! Ugh. Disgusting. If I have ever taken your photos in a field or the woods … you know this.

5. I absolutely love the dentist and the doctors!

6. I have never had a cavity in my life … probably why I love the dentist still. And p.s. my nephew is very impressed by this when I told him yesterday.

7. I have a million books that I’ve never read. I love buying books and the idea of reading but rarely make the time to actually read. Whoops. Matt will no longer let me buy books. I AM going to read them someday. I think.

8. I am terrible with drinking water! Something I am working on hard lately. There are days when I realize as I’m brushing my teeth before bed that I haven’t drank a drop of water. Besides what I’m brushing my teeth with. SO. BAD. Eeeeekkk.

9. I’m a very organized person with most things … purse, car, house. Life just goes so much smoother when things are where they should be.

10. I’m a cleaner … not a cooker. I try really hard though to work on the cooking part. There are a few woman whom I like to call super freaks who do both … but I’m convinced that most woman enjoy and/or are good at one or the other. Atleast that is what I tell Matt. Shh, don’t tell him otherwise.

11. I grew up a huge tomboy because my dad had all girls and so he kind of dubbed me as his ‘boy’ … still am at heart but enjoy the girlier things in life now. Pedicures are my favorite.

12. I’m slightly obsessed with our local greenhouse and buying/planting flowers in the spring. [Countryside greenhouse in Allendale to all my local readers?!] I secretly want to go there everyday in the spring. But that would be expensive.

13. I have figured out I’m about 2 years behind my sister Tara in life. If I mock her about something, 2 years later … it happens to me. I thought it was so weird how obsessed she was with dishes 2 years ago, today … I’m obsessed with dishes. I no longer mock her about things and just know it is in my near future.

14. The only classes in high school I passed with flying colors were gym, art, business, and any class that required a lot of talking/involvement like debate class. Otherwise I would say I was an average student.

15. I’m a night owl trying to make it in a morning person’s world. I’ve gotten so much better since having Levi but its a struggle everyday. I get so much energy at night!

16. I tend to exaggerate a little bit when telling stories [hence #7 … its probably more like 20 … not a million.]

17. I actually am the most emotional sibling in my family probably even though I grew up the tomboy tough girl … DON’T watch Hachi … EVER. Or Marley and me … especially while pregnant.

18. Obsessed with animals. I really need to get new chickens but I can’t kill off these ones because they’ve become pets now. Even though they are useless because they no longer lay eggs. I’ve bought them a few ‘last bag of feed’ … I’m a crappy wanna be farmer. [sigh] I even peeled a mouse out of a sticky trap in the garage once. He was killing me with that adorable stare.

19. I hate grocery shopping.

20. I’m a speed demon. Also has gotten better since having Levi but I love going fast!

21. I am hair handicap. Like seriously can’t do my hair. One nice thing about when it was long … I just curled it as quick as possible and it was good to go. Short hair is actually much harder for me. Hence the pony tail all day ‘erey day.

22. I’m super indecisive.

23. I have severe endometriosis. There is only 4 stages but my doctor said if there was a high stage, I’d be like a 8. It is hereditary but I only know of my great aunt who has it. My luck.

24. I’m a huge family person.

25. I never change my jewelry. I love wearing the same staple pieces everyday.

26. Matthew and I are currently trying to do the Dave Ramsey debt free plan. Boy is this hard!

27. I’m extremely hard on myself about everything.

28. I love love love making lists! Best app ever is Teux Deux !!! [pronounced To Do] It makes my heart happy! I have daily to do’s, somedays, want list, house list, “honey do list” … you name it.

And there you have it. Let me know if there are any things that shocked you?! Or make you not want to read my blog anymore? I like to think of myself as “real” and an open book … so some of these things may not be a surprise. Coming up with 28 things about yourself that people may not know is hard!!! And makes me feel old because i had to think of so many! Want to know what else makes me feel old … when my nephew sings me happy birthday last night and then does the whole, “Are you 1, are you 2, …” Yeah … he was counting for a while.

  1. Liz 4/30/15 9:22 AM

    Happy (belated) birthday friend! I loved reading this list and learned so much about you! ;)

7 month bump :: baby #2

Oh why hello little blog I’ve oh so neglected the last YEAR! This new journey I’ve been on the past 14 + months of being a mom has been THEE best thing ever. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. Not saying its all been easy by any means! I called my nurses several times the week or two after crying about breastfeeding … whoops. And clearly, my business and more so blog got put on the back burner but I’m completely okay with that. And needed it. I needed to focus all my attention on Levi and my family (including myself). That is what I needed. I can’t wait to share my journey and what I’ve learned thus far with you all.

If you follow me on instagram (which I hope you do! I have been blowing that up over the past year instead of blogging) … then you saw that we are expecting baby Mullett #2 in June! I am still in shock that I’m pregnant. Is that normal? Especially seeing that I’m in the THIRD trimester now! God is sooooo good and I can’t wait to finally break the silence on here soon about our fertility journey. But before we get into all that, I’d love to share just a little bump update that so many of you have been asking for! Thank you so much for those people out there reading this blog and dealing with me going MIA. I have felt a little guilty not blogging this entire pregnancy like I did with Levi but its just different when you are running around after a baby, (I always tell this little bambino #2 that I love him or her just as much even though I haven’t blogged it lol) and not to mention, I wasn’t PHYSICALLY ready for this either so I’m doing my best to keep my body in check during this pregnancy.  I am super super motivated this time to loose the weight faster after this babe is out. I was taking my PRECIOUS little time after Levi and stalling big time and then bam … pregnant again. Again, that story for later.

I’ve been working out about 3 days a week and trying to stay active the other days, but lets be honest … I think running around after a baby (is he considered a toddler already?!?!?! Insert tears here) is enough exercise in my book some days! So hopefully I can keep my baby weight in CHECK by doing all this. Oh if we could only just BUY the body we dreamed of … (sigh).

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How far along: 28 weeks, 3 days
Gender prediction: We did NOT find out again what gender this little munchkin is! I know that kills some people but we just LOVED that moment in the delivery room when Levi was born and seriously am so excited to experience that again! At first, I was more nauseous with this baby so I thought maybe we were having a girl. The ultrasound tech did great the whole 20 week ultrasound telling us “baby this” and “baby that” until the end … when she said “if I could just get HIM to turn a little bit I could get a better profile” GASP. We didn’t say anything until after we were walking out and both of us looked at each other saying, did you hear that?! lol … so now I can’t help but think its a boy! Either way, we’ll be so surprised. You know how some people just SAY “him” for every animal or person too?! Maybe that is it … who knows. I really don’t have much of an inkling like I did when I was pregnant with Levi! This baby has me stumped! Eeekkkk. 
Sleep: 
Normal potty breaks throughout the night, along with some tossing and turning but all in all, pretty good! 
Best moment this week:
 Watching Levi on his first Easter egg hunt was so much fun yesterday at my dad’s house! Something I’ve always looked forward to because it is one of my best childhood memories is our Easter egg hunts! Also realized that was the first Easter I was ever pregnant for, weird. Feels like I’ve been pregnant for 3 years straight now. 
Movement: 
Lots of kicks and flips from this baby! Not near as active as Levi was but still pretty darn active I’d say! A couple Saturdays ago, I was nauseous all day because baby was moving NON-stop. Its definitely thee best part though! 
Miss anything:
 being able to put my shoes on without loosing my breath
Food cravings:
in the beginning, it was alllll junk food. (girl?!?!) Once I got to second trimester it got a little better, and I wouldn’t say there is anything crazy. Mashed potatoes and MAYBE some Easter eggs because they’re sitting out on my counter … BAD IDEA.
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Feeling great! Just that one day of crazy movement made me queasy but feeling great! Second trimester I was a little disappointed when my energy never came back but once I started taking some iron pills, it got a little better!
Labor signs: No, lots of braxton hicks. This time a lot earlier which I’ve heard/read that is normal your second time. My body is going to be so mad at me once it feels its first contraction seeing that I just put it through that not too long ago.
Belly button in or out: Still blown out from the last pregnancy! I actually have a hernia there. Doctor suggested not to fix it until I was done having kids. Glad I listened because its back to being blown out again! Levi still likes to ‘beep’ it though!
Wedding rings on or off: STUCK on
Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy! Busy running around and playing with a one year old so I don’t have time to feel as anxious this time around. But when I sit down and think about having another baby to care for in a few months … I get a wee bit nervous. Totally normal right?!?! 
Looking forward to: 
Here is the other huge reason why I’ve been MIA lately. We’re hoping to move soon! So I’ve been busy trying to get odds and ends done around here so that AFTER baby comes we can move as easy and smooth as it can go … which I know will be hell no matter what. We won’t be able to move before baby, and our house is pretty small so we don’t have a separate bedroom for this baby. Hence the push to move. So unforuntaly I don’t get to ‘nest’ as much this time around. But I’m very excited to continue to get our house buttoned up so we can sell, we’re looking at houses right now trying to find the right one for us and this new family of 4 (+zoey) so that is very exciting! Lots of work to do yet though! I’ve been working hard during nap time everyday! Also looking forward to DECIDING ON SOME NAMES! We’re so clueless its not even funny. Like I’m starting to freak out. We chatted about it in bed last night until Matt stopped answering my questions (he falls asleep in 2 seconds) … so I’ll pick up where I left off tonight ;) and hopefully get it narrowed down! We went to the hospital with 2 names for each gender last time. A favorite for each sex and then a back up in case that one didn’t seem suiting. 
How is Zoey handling the news:
Oh dear. Well …. first and foremost … how did she do with Levi?! Great! I think she was waiting for her Aunty Tara to come pick him up for a few weeks but I think she finally figured out he’s here to stay and she kind of likes him now. You know she’s desperate for attention though when she brings him a ball to throw. Its so cute. She is such an awesome dog. I am so thankful for that as well. I’m sure when we bring baby #2 home she’s going to look at us like, “REALLY PEOPLE??!?!! COME ON!!!” haha

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So there it is. The bump update. A little lengthy this time around but had to catch you all up! So much to discuss! Would love to read any comments about how your second pregnancy went?! And or suggestions on how to get ready for second baby! I’m not sure what to do to “get ready” because everything is pretty much still out. Did some of you mamas feel like you totally forgot how to do everything for a newborn though?! I feel like once we move onto the next stage with Levi, I erase all that info and learning to go to the next stage in life. I hope it just comes back to me! Fingers crossed!

  1. Liz 4/22/15 10:15 PM

    Ohemgee! I’m so excited you are blogging, I’ve missed you! Congratulations on baby #2, that is so exciting! Jude just turned one and I’m just now coming around to the idea if having a second! But hopefully sooner than later, I feel like I’m getting old! ;)

fall maternity session : Katie + Kyle

I’m so thankful to be considered this families “photographer”. I photographed Katie’s sister’s wedding this past fall and she was one of thee cutest pregnant bridesmaids, or should I just say thee cutest pregnant woman ever. So we chatted about doing a fall fun maternity shoot up in her hometown, Williamsburg [right by Traverse City, Michigan] and I was so so pumped. Not to mention they even shared some donuts with me. BONUS.

So excited to share also that this session was featured on the lovely blog, Grey Likes Baby! Hope this inspires maybe a fun fall shoot for someone in 2015! Full of hot cider, pumpkins, hay bails, and donuts! Every pregnant girl’s fall dream!

These two are going to be some amazing loving parents. I’m so excited for them!

xoxo

Leah

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  1. Debbie 10/31/14 4:07 PM

    Beautiful pictures!!!!

  2. Kally 10/31/14 5:25 PM

    THESE TURNED OUT SO GOOD LEAH!! LOVE THEM ALL❤️