Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Preparations

We are getting all ready for Halloween around here. We've decided on our costumes, put up our decorations, and we carved our pumpkin for family home evening on Monday.

Maybe it's just the $5 pumpkin spice candle from Wal-mart which I've been burning daily, but man, life is good :)

Here are some pictures of our Halloween-ie preparations:

{An eerie silhouette window. It's just sharpie, guys!}

{Huge piece of scrap fabric, Spooky blocks I made in 2010, 
a bird cage with a few knick knacks, and this free printable in a black frame. Plus some old books for different heights}

{Spiderwebs drawn on our outdoor windows}

{Trick or Treat banner}

Now on to the carving: 

It was a great night! We had pizza, listened to the Halloween station on Pandora, dug into the pumpkin {PK's favorite part was probably getting to be on top of the table!} and tried explaining Trick-or-treating to PK. He can now say trick-or-treat, which we've been working on for a few weeks, but it sounds like "Chick Cheat." As long as it sounds anything like "trick or treat" he'll get the candy- and that's all that matters anyways, right? 

Oh man. There is not much better than dressing up, being loud and crazy, and eating chocolate into the wee hours of the morning. 

Is this just the prego me talking? Either way- I'm counting down the days :) 

Happy Thursday! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

26 weeks

This pregnancy has been SOO different than the first. 

The first trimester had some icky nausea, but it came and went much quicker than with PK. I was tired, but not nearly the exhaustion that I remember so early on with PK. And with the move and with the crazy 2 year old I get to spend my time with, this pregnancy has gone by so fast! I was talking to Jed last night and realized we have not even begun with ANY preparations for this baby. Granted, it will be a lot easier to plan and prepare for the second than the first, I haven't made a single list of anything- this is so. not. me. Maybe this means I'm finally a relaxed, seasoned Mom? Um, no. It's more like I just have a ton of other things on my plate currently, that seeing as this baby is #2, he's just not ever going to get the same attention that our first did.  

     {14 Wks}
How Far Along: 26 weeks, 1 day 
Maternity Clothes: Pants yes, Shirts no. I've been fully embracing the maxi dress. 
Stretch marks: Um, yeah. :) 
Weight gain/loss: +9 lbs.
Sleep: I've been staying up too late, but the quality of sleep is the same. I have also begun the ritual of taking a daily nap. No calls between 3-4pm, please! :) 
Best Moment of the Week: Having PK come up, place both hands on my belly and hear him say, "Baby Bro-wer." 
Movement: Not as much as with PK. Maybe this kid will be calmer?? 
Symptoms: Heartburn, varicose veins (those are new- ugh)
Food Cravings: Anything. I mean, I want to eat anything, anytime, anywhere. But I'm determined not to gain all 45 lbs that I painstakingly had to loose after PK, so sometimes I just drink A LOT of water when I feel hungry- so far, so good :) 
Gender: BOY!

{22 wks 5 days}

Belly Button in or out: In.
Anything making you queasy or sick: the smell of hot peppers and anything squash
Labor Signs:  none- whew! 
Wedding ring on or off:  On. 
What I miss:  Nothing. I'm really trying to stay as positive about this pregnancy as I can. If anything, I miss getting to nap anytime during the day that I felt I needed. Now I'm limited to a brief hour long nap in the afternoon when PK is napping, but so far 1 hour is all I need. 
What I am looking forward to: Getting to hold my baby boy. Oh, and knowing his name. 
Nursery:  Haven't started. The plan is for Baby to sleep in the pack n'play and for PK to stay in the crib for Then eventually PK will move into his toddler bed (which we have) and Baby will move into the crib. This could be in upwards of a year- I will do anything to keep those very precious naps for PK. Anything.  
Emotions: Crazy. This is definitely the hardest part of this pregnancy. This could also be its own blog post. My emotions are crazy, unpredictable, and frankly- I don't feel like myself. That is another thing I'm looking forward to- getting to control my emotions better. 
Stupid things I have done: Walked out of the house with my insurance card, and somehow lost it on the way out to the car. It's not in our house- not that I've found in my searching the last two days anyways. And we've also searched the car. I have no idea where it got to- but I'm happily blaming it on prego brain. 

{26 wks}

I don't plan on doing these pregnancy updates every week, maybe 2-3 more times throughout the rest of the pregnancy and then other pregnancy related posts. Just an FYI :)

Looking forward to meeting our little guy! 
Happy Friday

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Nighttime

Last segment of The greatest birthday ever. 
Usually for birthday dinners in our household we go out- and usually it's to Red Robin. 

{Why? Well, I think that's really 2 seperate posts to come later. One about all the awesome free stuff you can get on your birthday, and the other is about how lame I am when it comes to food. But now- back to my birthday.}

Anyways, this time, due to our budget, we chose to stay home. We made some brown rice, stir fry (it was a frozen mix) and then homemade cream cheese rangoon/won tons (is there a difference between the two?). Every time I've been to an Asian restaurant- I'm talking Panda Express here (see previous statement about being lame when it comes to food) I really only want the won tons. I mean everything else is okay- but I always end up thinking- this is super expensive! It's just veggies and rice! I could so have done this at home- healthier and a whole lot cheaper too. But not the won tons. Those are like intricate pieces of artwork to me. Those are worth paying for.

Until, my BF ~Pinterest~ came to my rescue with homemade cream cheese wontons. 

Oh. my. goodness. 

You know that feeling when you're so happy that you can't decide if you should run around screaming, crying, or laughing? 
Double it. 
And then you'll be pretty close. mind blown. 

It was one of the best dinners I've ever had.
{Unfortunately Jed and I both scarfed everything down before I even thought to take any pictures...}

I helped make the rice and veggies, and Jed took over the won tons while I chatted on the phone {I LOVE birthday phone calls!}

Then, as if this yummy dinner wasn't enough- a friend of ours dropped of this yummy treat:

It was heavenly! Jed and I split it while we watched the Presidential debate. That was interesting, huh? Then, as the cherry on top of the already perfect day, Jedediah gave me a very sweet gift.

A brand new hot glue gun. 2 actually- with different heat settings. And packages of glue sticks. This kid knows the way to my crafting soul.  Apparently he had already decided to get me a new hot glue gun because mine was pretty old and was having issues, when just a few days before my birthday it quit working all together. It was perfect timing!

Thank you for indulging me and letting me share with you my special day.

And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all the calls, cards, emails, FB messages etc. throughout the week- that definitely played a huge role in my awesome birthday.

Look at all the cards I got in the mail:

I'm pretty sure that's a record! 

I'm totally nervous though because there's no way I can top this birthday, and Jed's is coming up in a little over a month. Any ideas???

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

Another segment of  the greatest birthday ever. 

There are few things better than going to the pumpkin patch. Very few.

It is like Disneyland {well, what I imagine it to be like} that is specific to fall. Kids get to run around and be crazy, touch animals and in some cases ride them, search for random objects in a bunch of hay, poke faces out of random wooden structures, and of course- exhaust the rest of any remaining energy searching for the perfect pumpkin.

So, when I saw an ad in the paper about a local pumpkin patch, I instantly decided that's where I'm spending my b-day.

Here are some pictures from our adventure:

{PK with a buddy- I don't think I got a picture with my buddy tho :( } 

{Surprised he held on! For a few times back & forth too!}

{One for the babes and one for the gourds}

{Beautiful Illinois skyline}

We had a great time picking out our pumpkins. It was pretty muddy and with all the vines etc. PK kept tripping. To our delight he didn't mind picking up the dirt etc. either {atta boy!} Oh, and did I mention my hubby's hot? 

As an even more special surprise, my cute friend Darcy made the BEST cupcakes ever for us to all share! She made them before and let me try them- and I told her they were the best cupcakes I've ever had. Anyways, she was a sweetie and made some more for us-  I almost cried {okay I did} with shear joy. They're that good.  Here's the recipe.

All in all, we had an awesome time at the patch. The weather was great, and the kiddos were hilarious. It was all around- the perfect afternoon! 

Happy Monday! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Go Vote!

While this could just as easily be a politically charged post, this is entirely something else.

On the sidebar, we are asking for your vote. We've put a few ideas that we've been thinking about for our little boy scheduled to arrive in January.

We are asking for you to help us decide.

These are all names that we like, not neccesarily all the same amount, but even more welcomed would be ideas.

We were all ready for Adelaide Jayne to join our family- if nothing else so that we wouldn't have to try and come up with another boy name.

Well, we've found ourselves in that boat again, and really, really need your help. Are there any nice baby boy names, preferably not overly used, that sound good with "Alvey" & PK too, has no icky derivations, and can please an overly critical pregnant lady?



Saturday, October 6, 2012


This week I turned 23.  My hubby helped put together a perfectly perfect day. I'm going to be documenting each part of my special day in a series I'm calling:

The Greatest Birthday Ever! 

It all started with {finally!} having the ultrasound for this pregnancy. PK and I got up in the morning, hurried to get ready, and he headed over to a friends house to play. I then went and picked up Jedediah from work so we could go together to see our baby.

I was all nerves. I think because for 15 weeks of this pregnancy I wasn't seen by any doctor, didn't have regular routine visits, and hadn't heard the heartbeat for a long time- I was just worried that maybe something wouldn't be quite right.

Once the ultrasound started, I was completely calm. The technician was very thorough, and she actually explained what she was doing and what she was seeing- which didn't happen with our first.  Even with as thorough as she was being, I still had trouble actually knowing what I was seeing. Usually I can see the still photos of ultrasounds and can tell exactly what it is- but I guess I was just really disoriented and couldn't tell baby from belly.

That is, until it. You know, the part that decides whether it's pink and frills, dresses, nail polish, and bows larger than life or more dirt and trucks and cars and blue.

Well, this was one part of the ultrasound I didn't need any help seeing. There it was.

And I smiled. I shocked myself with how okay I was with it. I still am. I'm really excited for PK to have a little buddy. I'm excited to  let them share a room and all the fun that that will bring. I'm excited for the the little guy to have a big brother- a comrad, a co-conspiritor, a best friend. I'm excited for all of that.

So while I am still a complete girl and can't wait to be doing hair and make-up, dressing up little dollies and doing weekly manicures, I'm okay with more big cheesy {messy!} faces. I can't wait for the giggles and happy faces that greet meet each morning. The wonder and curiosity, endless questions and thoughtful stares. The pure innocence that comes with all children.
I am so blessed to get to be a mother again. 
This is something that I will never take for granted.

During the ultrasound, my little guy gave a full on wave. That was what caused the tear(s) I shed during the ultrasound- this little guy just can't wait to get to our family. Guess what buddy?

We can't wait for you, either.

Happy Birthday, me.
And the ultrasound got over at 11AM.
I'm telling you guys- it was the greatest birthday ever.

Baby No-Name Alvey
{This is Jed's favorite- he gave us a wave... and then promptly a fist.}

{There it is}

{Baby No-Name Alvey}