Thursday, September 18, 2014

Baby #2

Ah, did you see our announcement yesterday on instagram?!! Another baby! Yay! I've been wanting to write this post for a while and now, I finally can. Baby #2 is coming in March and is due just a few days after my birthday! I can't wait. He/she will be the best little birthday gift and we are so thankful for the opportunity to bring another little life into our family.

How I found out:
In mid-May, Z and I decided that we were finally ready to add another one into the mix, but with weddings, bachelor parties, and out-of-town work events, I didn't think it was going to happen for a while. It also made me a little nervous that a lot of our friends were having trouble getting pregnant, so I assumed it would be the same for us and mentally prepared myself for it taking a while. However, after a month of really trying, I found out that wasn't the case.

I found out one morning in mid-July and I immediately texted a girlfriend saying, "I think I'm pregnant?" The reason I had a big question mark was because when I was out in California one of my girlfriends told me to get a bundle of the Wondo pregnancy and ovulation sticks because you can get a bundle of them for $20 instead of spending $20 for 2 pregnancy tests and/or $30 for one ovulation test.

So that morning I took one of the wondo tests and walked away because there wasn't an immediate line and also because Sawyer just woke up and was calling for me. After breakfast I was cleaning up and about to throw the test away when I noticed the faintest of lines. I thought my mind could be playing tricks on me, so I texted my friend saying, "I'm either pregnant (yay!) or I need a big glass of wine later tonight." I took another test and there wasn't a line, so I texted back saying, "It's a negative." She encouraged me to get a pregnancy test that had displayed the word just in case.

Later that morning I was hosting a big play date in the park, so when I was picking up snacks for the kids,  I grabbed a pregnancy test that spelled it out for you. Well, after a quick bathroom break, I saw the magic words, "Pregnant 1-2 weeks." Maybe that was why the line was so faint.

How I told Z:
I wrote Z a letter that said,

He was ecstatic and has been amazing since by letting me take naps on the weekend, doing the laundry, cooking dinner on Sundays, taking Sawyer on Saturday's for breakfast and flying home early on weeks when I have doctor appointments.

The pregnancy vs. the last:
My last pregnancy was a dream. I was a little tired, but I didn't have morning sickness and I didn't have any food aversions except for hummus and coffee. Aside from some back pain towards the end, there wasn't a lot to write home and complain about.

This pregnancy has been different in that fact that I'm EXHAUSTED and a lot more nauseous at times. I also had food aversions to just about everything from week 5-9, but thankfully that went away. It was also a blessing to have my Mom come up and take care of Sawyer some so I could nap whenever my exhaustion hit. Around week 9 though, I started gaining back more energy-meaning I didn't have to take a mandatory nap around 12 everyday- and have been feeling back to normal ever since. Thank God.

Anyways, we are super excited and I can't wait to see Sawyer in the role of big brother. I know he'll be a great one and Z and I already can't wait to meet baby him or her. Thanks again for reading along and I'm looking forward to documenting this next journey.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five Fall Favorites.

1. Old Navy Elbow Sleeve Jersey Dress. 
Loved this dress and have worn it a few times already. Very flattering and hits just above the knee. Plus, its a Refinery 29 pick with a reasonable price tag to match!

2. BP Trolley Boots
Love these boots and how they can be dressed up and down. Another bonus is how comfortable they are too.

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Candle. Picked this up at Target the other day and Sawyer and I both decided to get it. It just smells so good.

4.  Pumpkin Bread. I can't wait to get home and make some pumpkin bread. The air is finally cooling down and it's the perfect time to start baking. I think I'm going to try out this recipe from The Charm of Home.

5. Savannah! We are headed to Savannah this weekend with friends! It'd been on both of our bucket lists and I can't wait to explore the city with them. We have reservations at The Olde Pink House and afterwards, Z and I are going on a ghost tour. I mean, you kinda have to when you're in Savannah, right?!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Z!

This weekend was busy, but memorable and I need to recap it so we can look back on it in birthdays to come.

Friday, Z's brother and parents were in town along with my little nephew. Sawyer had a blast playing with his cousin and Z loved catching up with his family. I made a vegetarian lasagna-per his request-and a really good Italian salad. The recipe is here if you want to make it for yourself. I loved it and will absolutely be making it again. The dressing was just so good and the whole thing was really simple. A win for sure. For dessert, I made homemade funfetti cupcakes because again, the birthday boy wanted them and opened up presents.

Saturday, we kinda went our separate ways. I attended two baby showers for friends excepting little guys in October and Z hung out with Sawyer and set up his stuff for the triathlon. That night, we had leftovers and sang Happy Birthday to him over a lighted cupcake from Baked & Wired. It was a good night and Sawyer just loves whenever we sing the birthday song. His eyes light up and he looks at us like something magical is going to happen next.

Sunday, we woke up bright and early to cheer Z on at the Nation's Triathlon race. It was so exciting and finished strong. We were so proud! Sawyer and I ran to the finish line with him and greeted him at the end. We were all so happy for him and I'm so glad his parents got to be there to see it as well.

Sunday night, we hung out at home and had a small cookout with two other guys that ran the race and another friend from Walter Reed. It was chill, laid-back and just what we needed.

Before I end this post, I know this is cheesy, but I do want to take a moment and say how much I love this man. He is such a wonderful provider, a great partner, and a fantastic father.

One of my favorite things to see is how well he loves our son.  I love how he gets down and plays with him and how Sawyer gasps whenever I say, "Papa's home!" It's so funny. Sawyer will suddenly get in a tizzy saying, "Papa! Papa!" and run to see and go wherever he is. Another thing I love is when Sawyer wakes up in the morning and goes downstairs. He'll look all over and say, "Papa?! Papa?!" and doesn't stop until he finds him. Its just a testament to how much joy Z brings into his life. I'm so blessed to have him as his role model and husband. It was the best decision I made and I couldn't be luckier. Really.

So, here's to year 28, Z! I hope its a great one and I absolutely can't wait to share it with you.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Walking Into Fall.

I read this amazing blog post this morning and it made my heartache. I already can't imagine this season ending or Sawyer towering over me as he packs up his bags for school. I love this chapter right now and I'm so glad that I've had a slow summer to savor these moments because I already I know they are fleeting.

These sweet moments where Sawyer and I tell each other we love each other about 100 times a day. These moments where his feet still dangle from his chair. These moments that are filled with playdates and long breakfasts. These moments where we draw choo-choo trains on wrapping paper and laugh whenever I attempt to draw a dog. And finally, these moments, when I say, "Gimme a hug" and Sawyer walks over immediately with a hug and  kiss for me.

I don't get to have this time again or these moments and I'm so thankful that I get to see them. That this summer wasn't one that rushed by and depleted me, but one that filled my heart and spirit.

I read another article last night where a man was asked, "What is your biggest regret in life?" His response was, "Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I've ever gained from being in a hurry. Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away."

That was my winter last year. I hated the snow and cold. I was still making friends and getting back into the DC groove and I didn't truly appreciate the moments in front of me. I realized that this summer and now, as I have read these articles and had a season to reflect, I want to do this fall differently.

Our fall calendar is already starting to fill with my work starting back, Moms groups, and classes, but I'm determined though to not get caught up in the busyness of it all and I needed these reminders to not buy into the "hurry", "being productive" and "I just need to be ambitious" lies that I sometimes-that I think we all- get trapped into. I want one where afternoons are spent walking with Sawyer around the neighborhood, taking the time to laugh and have fun with my family, or preparing a meal for us all to enjoy. I need to make time for my life and those moments that bring it all back to me. That fill me up more than anything else can. To me, those are the most important things and things that are more worthy.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Martha's Vineyard.

Hello! I feel like I haven't blogged in ages, but life has just been hectic lately with traveling and getting ready for the fall that there hasn't been a great opportunity for me to sit down and write. I'm hoping that changes soon. We just got back today from Martha's Vineyard. We were given the opportunity to stay with a friend of Z's that has a house there and I'm so glad that we took advantage of it. I had never been before and I loved everything about the island and its culture. Here are a few pictures from our weekend:

The beach close to their house that we could walk easily to. So pretty.
On Sunday morning, we took the kids to our friend's friend's farm. They had horses, pigs, and sheep. Sawyer loved it and we even got to feed the pigs their lunch that day!
Pretty landscape sprinkled throughout Edgartown. I loved walking around the downtown and snapping pictures. Everything just seemed so picturesque. 
The lighthouse in Edgartown. Z snapped this picture and I love it so much because it describes perfectly how excited and happy Sawyer was this weekend. He kept saying, "Beech! beech!"
And on the last night, we ended it with a impromptu sing along. We sang folk songs and "A Wonderful World." It was magical.

A perfect weekend to explore, laze about, and catch up. I hope we have the opportunity to do it again because there is still so much left on the island that I want to see and do.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and here's to a great September!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Five.

Hooray for this weekend! We're off to Philadelphia, so here's five things I'm loving this week:

1. I bought this jacket from Loft after reading the great reviews online. I got it yesterday and already received two compliments on it. It's perfect for fall and can be dressed up or down. PS-Loft is always having really good sales and I scored this beauty for 50% off. Make sure to sign up for the emails because I swear that Loft has a sale like that every other week. 

2. Z's been traveling this week and we usually have a breakfast phone date in the mornings. On Wednesday, we were talking on the phone and the doorbell rang. It was him! He surprised us and was able to work from home this week. So so happy and really turned my week around. 

3. This devotional. Every day I get something new from it. Today, the author talked about how joy is found at the table of thanksgiving and how the height of our joy is dependent on the depths of our thanks. I loved that. A simple way to receive joy is through seeing things/moments as gifts and giving thanks for them. Such a simple thing that I needed to  be reminded of.

4.  Good friends. Last week, we had Z's good friend and wife over for dinner. Z made really good steak tacos and I made a strawberry pie. The food was good and the company even better. I really hope we have more visits from them more often. 

5. Birthday parties! Last weekend was full of birthday parties, so Sawyer was pretty much in a sugar high from Saturday morning to Sunday night. This weekend, we are headed to my nephew's birthday and Sawyer's pretty excited. He keeps walking around the house saying, "Happy! Happy!" 

Have a good weekend, everyone! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Mint Julep + My New Favorite Cardigan.

Last week, the sweet ladies over at The Mint Julep Boutique reached out and asked me to review one of their pieces. I fell in love with a lot of their clothes-like this maxi skirt, this cardigan, and this scarf-but finally I decided on this red cardigan because I never have enough cardigans and loved this red color.

When I got it in the mail, I fell in love with it. It's comfy, long, and super easy to throw in my bag. I've worn it twice already-once to the zoo and the other time to a cookout-and I can definitely see it becoming my go-to for the fall. If you haven't checked out their site, do. They have a lot of great options and the prices are really reasonable. Perfect for a Mama on a budget. 

And PS-I'm not a fashion blogger at all and these pictures were hilarious to take because I felt so incredibly awkward the whole time, so don't judge. Or do. I don't mind.  I don't know how fashion bloggers look so effortless in their photos, but major props to you, ladies and to my son who can strike a pose better than his Mama. 

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