34 week bump :: Baby #2

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I was just saying to Matthew that its funny to think back to October when we found out this little miracle baby was in the making, and picturing what May 2015 would be like … getting so close to being parents of two and here we are. MIDDLE of May and less than 6 weeks to go before we get to meet him or her! I just can’t believe it. Again, I’m going to miss this bump so much! Although after being pregnant back to back … and what feels like 7 years … I am trying to think positive and just look forward to having my body back, working out, and what not. Although … with breastfeeding, I feel like I still have to be very cautious about what I eat and drink. I went from trying to get pregnant (no drinking and what not), to pregnant, to breastfeeding, to pregnant. So I do need a little break. STILL. I just looooove the bump and being pregnant and all the kicks and movements!

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I’m getting a little nervous that I’m not ‘nesting’ as much as I did with Levi but I know its just different this time around and I’m trying to remind myself of that. I don’t have a million showers, new gifts, things to go buy … so it feels so weird like I’m not ready. When actually we have everything all set to go! Still working on purchasing a few NEW things for this little baby. Although, a lot of those things I want … I want to see what we have first so I told Matt to have our bank account ready for some purchases because if it is a girl … shits going to hit the fan. If its a boy … I still want a few things that after having a baby … I wished I would have had for Levi or things I’ve recently discovered. They’re always coming out with new and improved gadgets and goodies for babies!

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Can I just give myself a HUGE pat on the back too that I haven’t gained a POUND in 6 weeks!! Woot woot! I know weight gain is good for pregnancy but I started out with plenty of extra pounds for baby so I am so so happy about this. I honestly have not been trying or doing anything differently. But still do a happy dance when the nurse takes my weight. Appointment tomorrow, so we’ll see if I’m still on my no gaining streak! Probably not after our ice cream outing last night … whoops.

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How far along: 34 weeks, 3 days [exactly 34 weeks in photos]
Great! I am so thankful I didn’t have leg cramps a lot like some pregnant woman do. I had a terrible one wake me up this morning and I seriously could not get it to stop! Felt like my muscle was going to snap! Terrible. But other than that, sleeping like a baby, normal potty breaks throughout the night, and Matt says some massive snoring. Sorry babe. I am having a hard time ‘falling’ asleep due to my mind racing though. Must work on that because I’m starting to remember those sleepless nights and I need to take advantage of these next 6 weeks! 
Best moment this month:
 Celebrating Mother’s Day, welcoming ice cream season with open arms, and taking some family/maternity photos [will post soon!] was definitely the highlight of the past couple weeks! I always looked forward to being pregnant, and being pregnant with #2 and setting #1 on my belly!
Huge rolls and waves from side to side. And little feetsies jabbing out on my right side. I just smile so big. Levi was a kicker, this baby is a roller! 
Miss anything:
 Energy and not loosing my breath from walking a few steps. Or sitting there. Or when I put on my make up. Its insane. I hate the feeling of shortness of breath
Food cravings:
Ice cream [again this is even when I’m not pregnant], mashed potatoes, actually been craving water more! weird.
Maternity Clothes: I try to make my normal clothes work during pregnancy but once I get towards the end, I do have to embrace the pregnancy style more now. Seeing that my tank tops aren’t fully covering the bump these days. And I’m getting a little low on “summer” outfits to wear. Its a lot easier in the winter to have a few essential tank tops and put a cute cardigan over it. So I’m working on finding some gems to get me through the next month or so. Wearing one of my favorite dresses I recently purchased from Pink Blush Maternity here in these photos. I really wanted it for my maternity photos and of course it came 2 days late even after I rushed it. Boo. I was so bumped but so glad my friend Alisa snapped some photos of me in it with little man. We had a fun night downtown Holland strolling the streets, froyo of course, and shopping. I paired it with a blingin’ necklace from Francesca’s which I’m in love with. And Levi thought it was pretty cool too. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Feeling great besides the shortness of breath which is happening a lot these days.
Gender prediction: I’m 60% on boy …
Labor signs: Just lots of Braxton Hicks which are much more intense this pregnancy
Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy! Tired! Anxious! Nervous! Excited!
Looking forward to: 
Officially deciding on names! It felt so good this past weekend when we decided on a boys name! We still want to come up with a good back up and picking from a few of our other favorites. But pretty sure we found the one for him if it is a boy. Girl … we have like 4 favorites … Matthew is decided but I’m still not completely sold. Hopefully in the next week or so we can for sure decide on 2 names for each sex! We last minute decided to take a ‘baby moon’ again too! So we’re planning that right now. Unfortunatly it won’t be anything crazy big this time because of me being full term wherever we go … but just to get away for a weekend and relax with Matt sounds so amazing. I have a very busy next 2 weeks, shooting a wedding for a friend when I’m 36 weeks and then its OFFICIALLY ‘maternity leave’ for me and just prepping for babe! 

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Huge thank you to my friend Alisa who snapped these photos for me … and came up with the idea of a froyo date. It was totally her idea! Promise!


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8 month bump :: baby #2

I’m having such mixed emotions just like I did the first go around. I want to meet this baby and hold it and kiss it and smell it and know what IT is so bad! But then again, I’m just so enjoying being pregnant again and I don’t want this second pregnancy to end! Even though by the end of most days, my who-ha feels like its going to fall off or explode.

Some days I feel huge. Then others, small. A few family members commented saying I looked smaller this time around than I did with Levi. And then I kissed them. I feel as though when I’m bare belly, I look smaller. But I’ll save you all from that and stick to photos with the shirt on. I do feel like I’m carrying similar to the way I did with the first pregnancy, but then again sometimes its shaped a little differently and makes me think maybe its a little girly in there!


How far along: 32 weeks, 4 days
Sleep: Great.
I never ever ever want to get rid of my pregnancy pillow. NEVER EVER. Matt feels differently about it though … 
Best moment this week:
 We went to a wild animal park this past weekend and I had gone there last summer with Levi. So coming back to that and having a big ole bump made me just think about how blessed I am to be pregnant again. I am so so thankful. I also just love rocking Levi in his rocker and having him snuggled up around my belly and feeling the baby kicking and rolling around while I snuggle him. Thinking I have TWO babies is just insane and makes me thee happiest woman in the world. Also, I have been making some new friends lately and so so thankful for that! I’m having the best time getting to know these super sweet girls, some who have babies the same age as me. It is so fun to have each other to lean on while figuring out motherhood at the same time. So cheers to new found friendships!!! AND HOW CAN I FORGET, when I went for my check up … I didn’t gain a pound in 2 weeks! WOOT WOOT! 
This baby is starting to get pretty crazy in there! I still think it doesn’t move AS MUCH as Levi, but he was a super freak. But this one is working his or her way to being almost as active. My belly will all of a sudden push to one side and I just love it. This morning we had a foot that I was sure was about to rip through my skin and pop out. This baby rolls more than kicks though for sure. And switches sides. 
Miss anything:
 Besides a TAN … my energy is probably the only thing as of now I miss. I don’t even remember what beer tastes like at this point so that craving hasn’t happened. 
Food cravings: 
Ice cream! Oh wait … that’s everyday.
Maternity Clothes: I’m still trying to stick to my non-maternity clothes and make them work but as the bump grows. I did purchase a few tops like the one I’m wearing in these photos [polka dot one is gone but there is stripes]! I also purchased some maternity jeans [BEST INVESTMENT EVER] because I couldn’t take my other jeans buttons jabbing into the bottom of my belly. Love love love them! And I got them on sale so it was a good purchase! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
I felt pretty awesome this month, just starting to get super tired again. 2nd trimester is where its at!
Gender prediction: Boy is my guess. But this baby really has me stumped! I’m not NEAR as sure as I was with Levi.
Labor signs: No, just lots and lots of braxton hicks. Had them sooner this time around which I hear is normal and they seem to be stronger. So labor should be so much fun [shit] Lets not talk about that yet.
Belly button in or out: Blown out
Wedding rings on or off: On, I am starting to swell a little bit. Hopefully not as bad as I did with Levi. That was ugly. 
Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy! I think Matt just is coming to the realization that we’re going to have ANOTHER baby to care for. He’s getting nervous but super excited. Feeling is mutual.
Looking forward to: 
I’m getting so excited to hear “IT’S A …… ” That was thee best moment ever the first go around and I think I’m even MORE excited this time to know! Unfortunalely I’m not as able to ‘nest’ this time around due to us not having another spare room! I’m so bummed, but know that that is just the way it is for us. The baby will obviously sleep next to me in the bassinet for the first few months because I will be breastfeeding again, but I definitely need to start nesting soon. I’ve been using all my nesting energy and purging like a son of a gun. Doing garage sales with friends, donating like crazy, and dropping tubs of old clothes off at consignment stores. Feels soooo good. Our house is getting close to being ready to put up for sale! After baby of course … 
How is Zoey handling the news:
Miss Zoey turns 8 this Saturday! [tear] She seriously is our first baby and I’m so thankful for her. I try not to think about the time clock ticking. Dogs should live longer, it’s just not fair. She does so amazing with kids I can’t believe it. I even watched like [what feels like] 703 kids this week and she lets them crawl all over her. ‘Pet’ [slap] her, poke her eyes … I try to watch for it but I’m sure some lip grabbing happens behind my back. [Levi likes to look at her teeth]. Don’t worry, she’ll get a birthday treat this weekend for sure and possibly a ‘ball throwing get away from the baby’ hour.


So excited to be having some maternity photos taken this week! It was kind of rushed because of Michigan’s weather forecast the next 2 weeks so I’m currently panicking like my clients do, trying to find outfits. We’ll see how it turns out. But I’m just excited to document this time in my life. I always ALWAYS dreamt of being pregnant and then the thought of having one beautiful baby and then another on the way is just more than I could have ever dreamed of. So it should be fun.

I even got my hair all did the other day! [After I took these pics] Felt so good to get a fresh cut and color! Not too crazy but excited to show it off!

Happy Tuesday!

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.


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.


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?!


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! ;)

  2. April 5/6/15 10:12 AM

    I totally agree with #17!! Although I wasn’t pregnant, I still cried like a baby while watching both movies.