Jul 29, 2016


If you follow me on Insta or "the book", this is not news to you. But in case you missed it.....
We are so in love! Obviously! And our little guy is already 3 months old. Time has flown by really. I haven't updated here but I have actually kept up with his memory book at home. I know that is so old school, but I had one for Brooklyn so Rhett had to have one too. There is a section for each month, so I'm going to get it caught up on this little space eventually. It's already hard looking at his newborn pictures! He's grown so much in such a short time. 

I look forward to updating this space soon and sharing a little of our summer with you. We have about two weeks before the school rush starts back. 

If you are reading, share something with me, anything! 

Apr 8, 2016

Bumpdate: Week 37

Weeks 35 and 36 turned out to be interesting ones. We celebrated baby boy with another shower. My husband's office family went above and beyond with such a thoughtful shower. 

I loved the baseball theme and all the extra special touches everyone added. Not to mention the food was so yummy! 

We went on to have a perfect weekend of cleaning, working on to do lists for baby, and smoking BBQ Sunday for a big Easter meal. I tried a few new things in the kitchen for sides and we had a wonderful dinner with perfect weather. We even got to have a little bonfire in the backyard. I'm glad we had such a wonderful weekend before things went a little sideways on Monday. 

My last two week appointment was Monday (last Monday) in the afternoon. These are usually pretty uneventful for the most part and just a check on how things are progressing. They were right on schedule so I went back a little bit early for my weight and BP check. Weight check is kinda bleh at this point, never a crazy amount of gain but the number is still hard to see at this point. Then my BP check. I noticed no needles or vials waiting for me, always good when I don't have to get stuck. The sweet nurse took my BP and just starred at the results. I can't remember what it was exactly but I think the top number was around 155 and the bottom number was mid to high 90s. Not typical for me and definitely too high. She tried again, same reading. I saw the doctor and she gave me a run down of what we do if it's still high at the end of my appointment....monitoring. At the hospital. Of course, it was high again, even higher when it was taken again. 

At this point I called my husband and told him not to freak out but to meet me at the hospital. To be diagnosed with gestational hypertension you have to have two high BP readings 6 hours apart. They would also run some blood work at the hospital just to make sure it wasn't pre-eclampsia. All the blood work came back absolutely perfect but every 15 minutes when my BP was taken the bottom number was too high. 
Needles are my phobia
My 6 hours of monitoring turned into 24 hours...which turned into another 24 hours. We felt like we were on a rollercoaster every time a new doctor, NP or nurse came in. Tuesday we were told we were having a baby that day. Then we weren't. Wednesday we were told I was staying in the hospital until I delivered. Then we were getting discharged. Then with discharge papers in hand, I was kept another few hours because my BP spiked again. Finally, I was free to go with a decent BP reading, but I was restricted to strict strict bed rest and would be setting up twice a week doctor's visits from this point. I feel like I've been lucky to get to go home on bed rest. It has been hard though. I know that sounds silly but when your body says nest and you are always on the go, it's really hard to sit and really mostly lay down in bed 24/7. 

My husband, friends and family have been amazing though. I hate having to be waited on hand and foot, and I hate missing all of B's softball games. They've been playing 4 nights a week unless it rains. I usually have "babysitters" come while Jeremy goes to her games, and I get text updates and pictures from the park. I still feel like a lazy bum though. I'm not even allowed to cook for myself. I'm basically allowed out of bed to use the bathroom and take a shower every other day. 

Anyways, we have made it to Friday, 37 weeks. That was the goal. This morning I head to the doctor around 9. If my BP is up, I'll probably go straight to the hospital to be induced. If it's good, then I could go home on continued bed rest or even come off bed rest since my blood pressure was good at the high risk doctor appointment on Tuesday. I'm very nervous and excited for my appointment today. I could be meeting this face by the weekend. 

Mar 25, 2016

Bumpdate: 35 weeks

Wow, I skipped more time than I realized on this last update. I was thinking I just skipped week 34. 

No fancy app picture today, everyone. My photographer is away for spring break and I couldn't get the selfie stick to cooperate this morning, so this is as good as it gets. 
Not going to lie, week 35 has been a long and achy one. I was convinced one night I was in the early stages of labor because there's just no way I could be that uncomfortable for 5 more weeks. Of course, I was wrong. The struggle this week has been after work. I feel super great (but extra tired) at work and then come home and wobble/hobble around making achy noises. I feel bad for my husband, hah! 

Sleep: I have to remember to diffuse my lavender/sleepytime blend to really get a good deep sleep. I am getting up about 3 times a night to go to the bathroom which is getting super old. I would really like to get as much sleep as possible while I still can, but that just doesn't seem to be in the cards. 

Miss Anything? The usual. Sleep, the gym, my old clothes, my old hips, laying on my stomach, sushi, blah blah blah

Movement: When is this kid not moving?? Actually he is usually pretty chill when I start getting ready for work and parts of the morning at work. Around lunch time it's on though and especially at night. He goes crazy during our usual tv time. 

Food Cravings: Nothing major really. I still want some tuna salad. I've been drinking less regular almond milk and more chocolate almond milk this week. I ran out this morning though, so it's back to the unsweetened plain version. I've also been loving mini cucumbers in Greek cucumber yogurt dip this week. Cucumbers are great for helping to ease swelling, so I've been all about them. 

Anything make you sick or queasy: I only feel sick if I eat too much or go too long without food. Similar to the first trimester actually. Lately it's been eating too much though. I will fix a normal size meal and feel awful after eating it. During the day at work though I eat lots of small items through out the day so my tummy is never too full. 

Belly Button In or Out: Still more like flat. I think people must just be prone to have an outie when pregnant or not have one. 

Wedding Rings On or Off: Still holding strong. Maybe just maybe I'll make it 5 more weeks with them on. 

Mood: Today is pretty good. I got some good rest last night minus getting up 3 times. My mood is usually tired though. That's a pregnancy mood, right? Ah I know I know, you just think you're tired now. I get it. I'm just sayin'. 

Looking Forward To: This afternoon we have another baby shower. The sweet people at my husband's office are throwing us a shower after work today. I'm leaving my office a little early so I can make my way out there. I also haven't seen my husband's new office (they moved a few weeks/maybe a month ago to a location about 30-45 min away from their old office, eek). My husband works with some super sweet people and I can't wait for this afternoon. 

I'm also looking forward to this weekend. It's Easter weekend and the weather is supposed to be pretty decent. Cooler, but I think we will still be able to enjoy some outside time and hopefully make some BBQ for the family. 

Also on the agenda this weekend is finishing the nursery. It has been painted and I LOVE the color! Sneak peek...
This is before the paint dried so it's still very light and hard to see the actual color. I will have to take some better pictures this weekend (IG: @janessa1020). Hubby took the blinds down last night so we just need to paint inside the window on the edges and touch up some areas around the ceiling and we are good to go! Next project is to finish painting the crib and changing table. Those are going to be gray and possibly distressed, just depending on how they turn out. I have a feeling the nursery may not actually be 100% finished by the time little man arrives, but he won't be sleeping in there for a while so it's fine. And I'm pretty sure he won't care if I can't find the perfect book ledges to complete "the look" lol. 

Anyways, that's where we are at this week! I still have to post pictures from the family showers. I managed to put them on my computer last weekend so now I just have to get them on the blog! 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!! Tell me something you are doing this weekend to celebrate!

Mar 4, 2016

Bumpdate: Week 32

I promise I'm not as tired as this picture makes me appear. I didn't have time for make up this morning and sometimes I forget my eyes just don't look the same without it. Note to self when baby boy arrives, at least put on mascara! haha I'm sure that will be right up top on my priorities list #sarcasmfont

How far along: 32 weeks today

Sleep: Not as great as last week, but not as bad as it could be. I've been working a lot of hours this week so that probably has something to do with it. 

Miss Anything? Still miss working out, but that will be a part of my life again soon. This sounds so petty but this week I've missed my clothes. I am just glad I packed away a lot of my spring stuff last year and haven't brought it back out. I know I won't be able to wear everything maybe until next year so it's better left in boxes.

Movement: This kid is going crazy in there. I think he's got cabin fever or something. I promise there are times when I think he is trying to see how far he can stretch in all directions. 

Food cravings: Nothing weird or crazy. Still having my almond milk every morning. I figure that is better than going for a soda or something caffeinated (save that caffeine for an afternoon pick me up!). I brought the entire topper from my baby shower cake home. Everyone ate cupcakes instead. It's been a struggle not eating the entire thing!

Anything make you sick or queasy: Nothing these days really. 

Symptoms: I'm not even sure what this means now. I'm 32 weeks pregnant...I have all the symptoms, aches and complaints, hah. Although I can still see my feet pretty much so there's one thing. 

Belly Button In or Out: Technically in I guess. It's pretty flat but still goes in a little. 

Wedding Rings On or Off: Still on. At night they leave a mark on my finger because I smash my hand under my head and pillow, but that's usually gone sometime during the day. Hopefully they can stay on the remaining 8 weeks. I'm kind of partial to my rings and would feel naked without them. 

Mood: In good spirits most of the time. I feel like I complain a lot in my mommy group and I feel like I've been an annoyance to my family this week, but I'm trying to stay positive. I get grumpy during busy week at work though so that's part of it this week. Hopefully next week is better. 

Looking forward to: This weekend we have a Ducks Unlimited banquet we are attended. Hoping my husband wins an awesome door prize. He deserves it after putting up with me this week. Also have a shower with Jeremy's family this weekend so I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. It's been a few weeks since we have visited. I've grown a lot since then! hah! 

We have a busy weekend ahead of us! I hope to post a good weekend update on Monday full of pictures from our Dr Seuss shower. We have plenty of nursery work on the agenda for this weekend as well as the dinner and family shower I mentioned. I am going to need another weekend from my weekend I think! 

Feb 25, 2016


Remember that time I was going to be great about updating my blog again?! Yep, me either. 

I actually have been taking some pictures of the bump growth over the last million weeks or however long it has been. It's kind of weird looking at the old pictures of me without a bump now though. I've gotten so used to my new accessory. 

Week 30 is my most current. I am 30w6d now. It's kind of convenient changing to a new week every Friday. It's easy to keep up with and I've even added the number to my planner now since I'm so forgetful these days. 
All in all things have been going really well through this pregnancy. I can definitely tell I'm not as young as I once was. I have many more aches and pains than I did with B, but I know it could always be worse. I'm still working, no bed rest, no blood pressure issues, and no nausea at this point. I am thankful for all those things. 

I figure 30 weeks is a great time to start with my first weekly post questions: 

Maternity clothes: Absolutely! I have a few tops and dresses that are non maternity that I still wear. The dress in my 30 week pic is a prepregnancy dress. It's an actual wrap dress so it can expand a LOT. All pants are maternity now of course. I have several pair of leggings that still fit. 

Weight gain: Ew why is this a topic? It's hard for me to answer honestly because I was weighed at 9 weeks and I'm not sure exactly what I weighed before I got pregnant. I know my doctor "allowed me" 25-35 lbs and so far so good. 

Sleep: Yes please! I have been sleeping really well this week. Last week was touch and go so I started a new routine of diffusing some lavender at bed time. Snooze so hard!

Best Moment this Week: Reaching 30 weeks! That's a big number! 

Miss anything? Running. I know it sounds crazy but I miss it. All my run friends are running NOLA this weekend and I want to be there running it! But there's always next year. Small price to pay for a bundle of joy! 

Movement: All the time. He's much more active in the afternoons from about 2-8pm. Some mornings I think he's wiggling around before I wake up though. I've gotta up to go to the bathroom and he's having a dance party. 

Food Cravings: Weirdest craving this week has been milk. I'm never a plain milk drinker but I've had a glass each morning this week. Other than that I don't really have many cravings. Usually I'm hungry but don't know what I want. 

Gender: Boy

Symptoms: Achy in general. I can't roll over in bed without sounding like an elderly person. 

Belly Button In or Out: In 

Wedding Rings On or Off: On. Luckily I've only had swelling once and that was after standing and talking to some friends for about 4 straight hours. Freaked me out!

Looking Forward to: My doctor's appointment tomorrow to see how we are doing and our baby shower this weekend with my family! I wanted to go with a Dr Seuss/80s baby/retro nursery and so my sisters, mom, aunt and cousin are doing a Dr Seuss themed shower. I can't wait to see what they have put together. They're all so crafty!

That's all for now! Better late than never right?! I promise I have been much better about his baby book though. Even though someone asked me what was this 1985 when I mentioned a baby book....haha! 

Nov 2, 2015

Our Reveal

Since we opted to have the Harmony blood test, we actually found out the gender of our little peanut between 11 and 12 weeks. I know! It's crazy how things are different now compared to when I was pregnant with Brooklyn. And since we took a beach vacation on fall break, we opted to find out over the phone with our toes in the sand! The nurse at the doctor's office was so sweet and she sounded just as excited as we were!

We got back in town and told most of our immediate family within a few days. We couldn't wait. But I wanted to think of some fun way to share with our friends and extended family on social media. When we announced we were having a baby, two different people mentioned something about baseball vs softball and that's how I got the idea for the reveal.

In a rush one morning before work and on our porch because it was pouring rain, we got Brooklyn to take a few pictures on my phone for us. That evening, I posted the one you see above and then promptly fell asleep before I could post the reveal itself. I'm telling you, pregnancy makes you tired! So I didn't intentionally leave everyone hanging, but it was pretty funny reading some of the comments. The next morning though, I posted this: 
I'm still pretty surprised! I have two sisters and 3 nieces. The only "boys" in my immediate family are my dad and the men that married in. Everyone always jokes with my dad about living in a woman's world. Well, now team boy is getting one more member in April. 

Oct 27, 2015

The Questions

Thanks to everyone for your excitement about our news this weekend. I thought I would take some time today and cover some of the details I didn't mention in post this weekend. Also, I would try to answer the common questions we have been asked in the last few weeks. 

First up, I'm due April 29th so we could possibly have a May baby. I am pretty excited about a spring baby. We get to do all the fun fall birthday things with Brooklyn and now we can try our hand at spring birthday things with the little one. Brooklyn even said, "We can get a water slide for his/her birthday party" haha! Maybe in a few years....

I am feeling SO much better the last two to three weeks! We took a trip to the beach when I was 11 weeks, and I wasn't sure if I was feeling better because we were at the beach or if I was actually starting to feel better for good! I think it was a little of both. The weeks before this were pretty rough. It could have been worse though. I know some women have a hard time even getting out of bed. I still made it to work everyday, drinking my ginger ale and munching on peanut butter crackers. Eating a little bit all day long really helped keep my nausea in check. (This is another good first trimester survival guide.)

I've also been asked quite a bit if this was on purpose. I think that's such a funny question. I don't know why but it just is to me. And yes, this was on purpose. My husband and I have been married two years and we are both in our early 30s, it's not that crazy to have a baby together, lol. I think people assume that since my daughter is 12 that I would not be having more kids due to the age difference. 

I've also been asked who did our beautiful pictures! My blog friend Rach Vendetti took these pictures at a local park. She was such a thrill to work with and so easy going. She made sure we were happy with the photos and captured exactly what we were going for! I would share more but I'm saving some for our Christmas cards this year. (Check our Rach's photography page here)

And yes, we did keep the secret from Brooklyn until the photos were taken. I've been asked that as well. She truly didn't know until the day of photos. She read the sign as soon as it was handed to her and then we got pictures with the onesie later. That is the onesie I gave my husband for our anniversary in September. 

I think that covers everything so far. If I missed anything let me know. Oh besides the gender! I got a failed attempt at a gender reveal teaser and reveal pic this morning thanks to the rain. You can check that out over on instagram (janessa1020) along with my pregnancy brain moment of the day.