Tuesday, October 16, 2018

22 Weeks

Size of Baby: 11 inches and almost one whole pound! About the size of a spaghetti squash. Grow baby grow! This little guy is starting to get big!!

How I'm Feeling: Feeling great! I have a day or two every few weeks where my stomach hurts because it feels like it's stretching. Baby boy is growing bigger and bigger.....and so is my belly!

Cravings/Appetite: I feel like my eating is out of control. I eat too many sweets!! Since I cannot seem to control my sweet tooth, I'm compensating by eating healthy meals.

Clothes: Loving this fall weather and getting to wear my fall clothes!! Layering with a lot of cardigans these days.
Movement: I can feel him move when I'm standing and walking around now. Before it's always just been when I've been sitting or laying but now I feel him at any time!

Changes in Me: I'm in such better shape this pregnancy than I have been my previous pregnancies. I push myself on the elliptical every morning and it makes me feel great! I never worked out or got any kind of exercise during my previous pregnancies so I'm curious to see if working out throughout this pregnancy helps me bounce back quicker postpartum. Not necessarily in my waistline but the recovery process. My recovery with Campbell was kind of hard and it was even harder (or maybe I should say it took longer) with Bennett. Hoping for an easier recovery this time around and that exercising and being in better shape will make a difference.

Baby Purchases: Nothing this week but I'm online looking a lot. Just haven't found anything that's caught my eye. I need to start looking for a coming home outfit. Those are so special and always my favorite!!

Favorite Moment This Week: Not technically pregnancy related but yesterday it was so cold here (in the 30's!) and it gave me the warm fuzzies. It was a fun reminder that the drop in temps means baby boys arrival is getting closer and closer.

Looking Forward To: Saturday! We're planning on taking the boys to their very first Razorback football game. I think they'll love it.....for the first half. That's probably all they can handle before they get bored.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Flashes of Delight

Every fall a spark reignites in me when it comes to photography. There is nothing like fall photography. The sunsets in fall are so warm and beautiful and the backdrop of fall is glorious. I wear my camera out because it's just so beautiful and I feel like I'll get FOMO if I'm not taking pictures frequently!!
Last week I took all of my boys with me to scout some new photography locations and also work on some new photography and editing styles. So far I have 16 families lined up to photograph this fall. My life is about to get crazy with photographing and editing so it's a good thing I love photography! I've said this before but I'm so thankful that I decided to pick up a camera one day and learn how to use it. It has brought me so much joy over the years to photograph my kids and other families as well.
My boys weren't really in the mood to take pictures for me but I did manage to get a few photos of them that I absolutely love. The warm sunset, bokeh,and melting colors in these images make me really happy.
Fall is only getting started and I'm looking forward to capturing even more moments of my boys before winter arrives!!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Mom Style

Sharing a super simple outfit today but it's a look I go to frequently and if you're a mom, I figure you probably do as well. Every mom needs comfortable clothes without sacrificing feeling cute. This basic look is pretty much my every day and it's so comfortable and easy to "mom" in.
I had these shoes and jeans last year and wore them constantly. I'm so glad they're in stock again this year because they are both a closet staple for me. The jeans are actually leggings and I love the distressed finish to them. My sneakers are literally the most comfortable shoes I own. I find them to go with basically everything and I'm tempted to get another pair this year to save for next year because I know before winter is over, I'm going to wear this pair out and I'm not sure I can do cold weather without them!
My top is super easy and stretchy. It's so loose I'm able to tuck it in for a more tailored look, even with this growing bump. It comes in other colors and it's just one of those tops that you can quickly throw on and always love how it looks. Just a good basic top to have in your closet that goes with basically any kind of bottom you choose to pair it with.
This is officially my favorite bag I've ever owned. It's "technically" a diaper bag but looks like anything but. This bag can be worn as a backpack, a shoulder purse or a cross body bag. It has one big open compartment then 10 little smaller compartments. I keep my phone and keys in the little pockets on the outside which makes finding them in a hurry so nice and efficient. I cannot even express how much I love this bag. Everyone needs it no matter what stage of life you're in! Perfect for travel or every day. It comes in 2 other colors and I may ask for another color for Christmas because this is how obsessed I am.
I linked my entire outfit on my Instagram. Just find a pic of this outfit and you can get all of the details of it via the LikeToKnow.It app!!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Chicken & Dumplings

A few weeks ago I shared a super simple and incredibly delicious recipe on my Instagram stories and had a crazy amount of feedback on it. So many tried it, loved it, wanted to try it, have it on their list to try, etc. I decided to share the recipe on here. A friend and neighbor made this for us when Campbell was born. I immediately texted her and asked for the recipe because Scott and I were raving about how delicious it was. It seemed like a meal she slaved over the stove to make so when she told me how easy it was, I loved it even more! I put a tiny little twist on it to make it my own and this is officially a fall and winter staple meal in our house! Even my boys love it and it always makes plenty to have for leftovers the next day which is a win in my book.
-1 Rotisserie Chicken
-1 bag of Reames Frozen Noodles
-2 boxes of chicken broth
-1-2 tablespoons of butter
-salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Boil your chicken broth in a large pot (I use my dutch oven) on your stove. Once the broth comes to a rolling boil, add the Reames frozen noodles and butter. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until tender. There will still be quite a bit of broth. Turn it down to low and add the shredded rotisserie chicken then salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer for a few minutes to get thicker and allow all of the ingredients to mix well together.
That's all there is to it! It's SO yummy. There is still a bit of broth in the pot which I personally like. I usually use a strainer to scoop out the noodles into a bowl or plate and I soak the extra broth up with Sister Schubert rolls. The reason I like to have a little extra broth is because it makes the noodles taste extra delicious when you have them for leftovers the next day. The broth keeps them from getting too dry. This really is one of those recipes where you can cater it to your own liking. More broth, less broth, more butter, less butter, etc. You can make it your own but this is how I do it! It really is the perfect meal to serve your family on a cold day and I haven't met a person yet who doesn't proclaim how yummy it is with each bite!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wordless Wedneday

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

21 Weeks

Every time I realize it's time for me to write another bump date I get taken by surprise. I know I sound like a broken record but this pregnancy is going by too fast. Never in my entire life have weeks gone by faster than they are right now. This summer when I was in my first trimester, the hours crept along. Now that I'm feeling good and we're into our normal swing of school, bible study, church, etc, life just couldn't possibly be moving faster. I love it and also wish it would slow down all at the same time.
Size of Baby: Three-quarters of a pound and 10.5 inches long, about the length of a carrot.

How I'm Feeling: I feel great! My back usually hurts me by the end of the night but other than that everything is smooth sailing. I have a lot of energy which I'm most thankful for.

Cravings/Appetite: Normal appetite and finding myself getting very full very quickly.
Clothes: All normal clothes and I believe fall will be here to stay starting tomorrow so looking forward to wearing some new fall items!

Movement: I can feel him move around almost every time I'm sitting still or laying down. He moves the most at night when I'm laying in bed.

Changes in Me: I find myself going to bed really early most nights. I struggle with being too much of a night owl and staying up until 11:00 but I'm typically crawling in bed by 9:00 most nights. I have a lot of energy throughout the day but by the time I get the boys in bed, straighten up my house, and take a shower, I'm typically ready to call it a day.
Baby Purchases: While I was in Little Rock last week I purchased a Copper Pearl swaddle. Honestly, the last thing I need is another swaddle blanket but I've never had one of these Copper Pearl swaddles and I hear they're really great. They're really big and have some stretch to them so I feel like it will be good to have those first few weeks when the baby is super tiny. I really like the easy swaddles where you just wrap the Velcro around them however, my babies are always too little in the beginning for those to be very effective. I learned with Bennett how important it is to get a TIGHT swaddle (arms down by the side, no way to bust out) in order to establish good sleeping habits. I've decided in order to get a swaddle tight enough that first month or so, I'm just going to have to go old school and use a blanket. I'm hoping this Copper Pearl swaddle will do the trick!

Favorite Moment This Week: Meeting my new baby niece. Newborns are so amazing. It's incredible to look at them knowing just a few hours/days before you were holding them they were in their mommas belly. They're so tiny and delicate and it made me excited for my own little newborn in a few months.
Looking Forward To: Just enjoying this season of fall. I find myself really soaking up life as a family of four. Everything is pretty easy to do these days and it's so nice. Before we hit the reset button, I'm truly taking in these moments with my boys. We're doing a lot of fun activities that were too challenging to do when they were younger and it's been so fun. I also need to try to be really intentional and do a lot of date nights with Scott because that is something I never do when I have little babies. Nursing makes it complicated and I have a strict schedule that I like to keep them on which most babysitters don't understand therefore, I get frustrated and feel as if it's not worth it to go anywhere. Plus, it's just uneasy for me to leave a tiny baby in the care of others. Therefore, no date nights. I'm so bad about planning ahead to find a babysitter but I need to get better about that since our date nights are numbered. So basically, I'm looking forward to enjoying a lot of activities with all of my boys this season, before another little boy joins our crew.