Tuesday, November 13, 2018

26 Weeks

Size of Baby: Over 14 inches tall and almost two pounds.

How I'm Feeling: I feel good! I have the weirdest thing happening to me though. Several times a day, I will get this sharp cramp/spasm in my back and it literally stops me in my tracks. It comes out of nowhere and makes it to where I cannot move....like, at all!! I just have to stop and wait until it goes away before I can go about life again.

Cravings/Appetite: Nothing new here. I want to eat healthy but also kind of just want to eat whatever I want because what difference does it make at this point? The struggle is real....

Clothes: Still wearing all of my regular clothes and pants. I'm now having to roll my pants way under my belly for them to be comfortable.

Movement: I'm starting to see tiny little movements from the outside now. He's still pretty quiet in there.
Changes in Me: I feel very overwhelmed these days. I honestly just make myself not think about it so I don't have a breakdown. Still haven't ordered one thing for his nursery...still haven't chosen a name. The holidays are coming up which has me running around town like a crazy person trying to accomplish everything on my long to-do list. I don't get to go to bed until close to midnight most days because I have so much on my plate. And when I do have a moment of downtime, I'm usually on my phone searching for baby names and nursery inspiration. I'm going to stop talking about it now before I give myself anxiety!!

Baby Purchases: I bought a little bonnet for him to have those first few weeks. I found it on Etsy and it's a really sweet, cream colored crochet bonnet that looks as if it's been in the family for generations.

Favorite Moment This Week: Actually taking the time to look at how I want to decorate his nursery. I think I have a lot of it figured out and I'd like to get it all on order this week. Probably won't happen but it's the goal. If we wait too much longer we're going to be pushing it to get the room finished in time and I don't want that to happen. I know they don't "need" their room to be finished but I like for all of that to be done before my babies arrive. One less thing to worry about. If we end up doing what I think we're going to do, I think his room is going to be really sweet. I'm excited to get it done.

Looking Forward To: Not having to give my kids a bath anymore. When will that happen? It's so hard to give baths when you've got a massive belly. I dread it every single night.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Feast

We had a Thanksgiving feast party with Campbell at his school today. It's always fun getting to join in on a school activity of his. Last year Scott and I were on time to his Thanksgiving party but the other parents were early....which made it look like we were late. And Campbell was in the corner sobbing while his teacher was trying to comfort him. I will never forget it. We realized from that point forward how very important it is for Campbell that we are always there for his special events....and also to arrive early. Not that we would ever miss them anyway, of course, but it's VERY important to him that his parents show up.
The parents all waited in the hall until we were told we could go into the classroom. I could see Campbell before he could see me and his eyes were frantically searching for his parents. The same is true when he does his spring musical. You can see him on the stage working so hard to spot us. We have to be those parents who stand and wave so he can spot us quickly to avoid him getting stressed that we aren't there. Bless it.
Anywho, we enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast, watched the class perform some songs and a sweet prayer, and saw some fun Thanksgiving crafts they've been working on. It was sweet and we get to go back and do it again on Thursday. It's going to be the exact same thing part 2 but heaven knows we can't miss it.
On another note, it snowed so beautifully here in Northwest Arkansas today. Unfortunately it was just a few degrees too warm for the snow to stick. Such a bummer. We would have had a beautiful covering of snow had it been cold enough. Even though it didn't stick, I really enjoyed watching it fall for a few hours. While I was working out, I watched the snow fall outside and it was beautiful and peaceful. The boys loved the snow and I'm hoping we get more of it this winter. We have always gotten really good snow a few times a year here but the last 4 years we haven't gotten anything. Hopefully we get some really good snow this winter.....except for when I need to go to the hospital for labor. I don't need a blizzard on that day.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fall Fridays

It is currently freezing here in Northwest Arkansas. There's a slight change for snow on Monday which is so crazy! It seems a little early. I think we're going to get our first frost tonight and honestly, it always makes me a little sad because it kills all the pretty flowers. Even though it's been so cold, I've still had some colorful blooms in my yard. They'll be gone tomorrow morning though. Bummer.
We don't have any plans this weekend which is nice. It seems like we always have something going on. I haven't mentioned this to Scott yet but I would love to go shopping for new Christmas decorations. We're wanting to do a new Christmas look in our new house. I'm thinking buffalo plaid, woodland, rustic glam for the "theme." I think it will be something the boys will enjoy for a long time and I'm ready to mix up our Christmas décor. We need a new, bigger tree for our living room and I'm planning to put the tree we've always used in the past in the playroom. I'll make that one really fun and colorful for the boys.
I feel like if we don't shop for a tree and new décor soon, everything will be picked over so we need to get on it. Even if we do find a tree, I won't put it up until after Thanksgiving. I'm one of those who is team fall through Thanksgiving. After that we do Christmas. 
Campbell told me he wants to go to the Razorback game tomorrow. Unfortunately it's too late for them....and I'm worried it will be too cold too. We'll have to settle for watching it on the TV instead. Ever since we took them to the Razorback game, they have become die hard Hog fans.
That's about as exciting as this Friday post is going to get. Our Friday night will be very typical here in the Johnson house--pizza and a movie. Every Friday night. It's just our thing. Hope you all have a great weekend! Stay warm!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

Today was my "day off" since the boys were in school so I decided to spend it doing some Christmas shopping. While I was out and about, I popped in Williams Sonoma and discovered something life changing. Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars. 
I walked in and immediately smelled something amazing. I shopped around a bit then made my way over to their little taste testing area and asked what it was and if I could try it. I wasn't even finished eating it before I grabbed the ingredients and recipe and declared I was making it for Thanksgiving. The lady told me they are known for this incredible dessert and it's always a huge hit in the fall. I cannot even say enough about how yummy it was. I wanted to share because if you are wanting to make the perfect Thanksgiving dessert that everyone will absolutely love, this is it!
You need these two Williams Sonoma ingredients. You can find the rest of the recipe HERE. I'm telling you, this is delicious and I can't wait to make it for everybody for Thanksgiving. 
They were also sampling out their hot apple cider and it was incredibly delicious too so I went ahead and added that to my bundle of goodies as well. Ooey Gooey Pumpkin bread washed down with hot apple cider? Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving combo to me! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

25 Weeks

Size of Baby: One and a half pounds and 14 inches tall.

How I'm Feeling: I'm starting to suffer from some pretty persistent indigestion. I had to get up at 1 am one night last week and take a Prevacid because it was bothering me so bad and I couldn't sleep. I had heartburn/indigestion SO bad with Campbell so I'm hoping this isn't going to turn into anything similar.

Cravings/Appetite: I've started to notice that sweets really make my indigestion flair up which is so very unfortunate.
Clothes: A few of my shorter tops won't last a whole lot longer. They were just normal length tops when I wasn't pregnant but my bump is going to make them look like crop tops before too long! Haha!

Movement: Nothing new here. I still can't see him move from the outside. I'm ready for that to start happening!

Changes in Me: Just the indigestion currently. It's super annoying.

Baby Purchases: No new purchases.
Favorite Moment This Week: I went for my workout today and caught a glimpse at myself in the mirror and got tickled. I posted a picture and put it on my Instagram stories. My bump looked so big. And I still have 12 weeks to go!!

Looking Forward To: Election results tonight! I took the boys with me to vote today. We stood in line for an hour and a half. I actually drove to my polling place, saw the long line, drove back home to get the stroller and iPads, and went back. I felt a little silly having my big kids in a stroller. Not so much Bennett but Campbell. I was worried I was going to get some funny looks but instead all the other moms commented on how the stroller was such a good call. Ha! Campbell didn't really sit in it but I wanted him to have the seat just in case he got tired. Campbell has voted with me in 3 elections now and it made me realize that this will be his last time to go with me for a while since he'll be in school for future elections. The next time I vote I'll have an almost 2 year old with me! Crazy!!