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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bump Update - 24 1/2 Weeks!


7 weeks since my last bump update, so do believe it's time for another.  I think it's especially time for another since a) I'm not keeping a pregnancy journal this time (I did for the other 2) and b) I'm taking weekly bump pics (sorry, 3rd kid).  So, basically my posts here will be my only way of documenting my pregnancy.  I should probably write more than one post, yeah?  Here we go!



Pregnancy Review:
How far along: 24w4d

Total weight gain/loss: Let's not talk about it, guys.  Really... why do I fill this part out?  I'd say about 20lbs so far.

Maternity Clothes? Yup, almost exclusively, but I can still get away with maxi dresses/skirts and some tops that are non-maternity.  

Stretch Marks? Nothing new, but plenty of old battle wounds!

Sleep: Shitty lately, but on account of being sick, not pregnant, though I really do hate sleeping on my side (I'm a tummy sleeper!)



Best Moment this week: all the baby bumping, kicking, and rolling going on in my belly!

Movement: See above!!  Girl has been wild and I love it ;)

Food Cravings: In the last week, ICE CREAM and OREOS with milk.  I housed like 18 oreos in the past 2 days and I am not even exaggerating...

Gender: baby GIRL!!  Wow - still kind of in awe, but it's so exciting to finally know and refer to the little one in there as "her" and say "she" is kicking



What I miss: tummy sleeping, margaritas

Labor signs: none

Belly Button in or out: still an "innie," but getting flatter

What I am looking forward to: Getting Audrey and Jameson moved into their shared big kid room, starting to work on the nursery a bit - I'm thinking of grey/mint/coral tones.



Milestones: almost into the 3rd tri - how did that happen?!  My next appt is at 28 weeks and then I go every 2 weeks. WHOA

- Amber

Friday, July 11, 2014

Just a "Hello, I'm Still Alive" Kind of Post


I feel like a lot of my post lately have been catch up/rapid fire kinds of posts and this one is no different.  Actually, this one probably IS different.  It'll probably be shorter and without general purpose.  The purpose in my mind is just to say "hi" to the blog world - I'm still here.  It has been a rough past few weeks!

My girlfriends and I had a FABULOUS beach vacay that was just so refreshing and much needed.  Unfortunately, I came home to house full of sickies and quickly contracted the ickies myself, which has not been so great.  I do think I'm *finally* improving, but the icky sickies haven't left for good and so that's leaving me pretty whiny/bitchy/grumpy.  

Funny story... this morning, I said to the husband, "Well, great, another weekend will be totally shot and ruined by me being sick."  To which my sweet husband replied, "Now, what would you say to your daughter if she said something like that?"  I really hate when he uses my own psychology talk on me...I knew exactly where this was going, so I just rolled my eyes at him.  He then said.. "You know.. you would say, well, with that kind of attitude, it probably will.  You can't control everything that happens around you, but you can control how you handle it."

UGH.  Do I really say stuff like that?  Yeah, yeah, I do, and I believe it, but after 2 weeks of this crap, I just wasn't buying it.  I AM trying to take some of my own medicine though and remain optimistic and just carry on.  I'm at work today and am feeling remarkably more functional.  In a few hours, I get to go watch Audrey at her swim camp's talent show.  So hey, things could be worse.  I'll probably even wrap up my day with a bowl of ice cream... who am I kidding?  Make it 2.

Talk to you soon, bloggy land.  Stay healthy!!

- Amber

Friday, June 27, 2014

What's Been Happening Lately


Since I haven't had time to post as often as I'd like lately, I decided to cram what could be 5 separate posts into one.  Just hang in with me :)

So, in quick succession and recap style, here's what we've been up to lately.

1. Audrey completed Kindergarten!

Yep, I officially have a first grader.  This gal is so excited for summer breaks, long trips to her Mimi's (where she is now!), and summer camps.


2. We got a cat!

Jameson's allergic to dogs.  We used to have 3.  We miss having pets you can really 'pet.'  Audrey's got a guinea pig, but she doesn't really count.  So, we adopted Lucy, who is the sweetest, cutest, best kitty we could imagine.  She's 10 y/o and has a lot of love to give.

Oh, and she's the MOST tolerant cat on the planet.  Perfect for my kids.



3. I've been trying to keep myself (and my family) active and healthy this summer

Now that I'm finally feeling less blah this pregnancy, I've been lacing up my sneakers and taking long walks with the kids as often as I can.

I've also been purchasing our produce for this week and washing/chopping it all up and keeping it in containers you can SEE THROUGH, so that we always have healthy options visible and ready to go in the fridge.  It took me about an hour to do all of what is pictured below.



4. I've been studying for my licensing exam

Eeeeek - I don't really want to talk about it, but I only have one more big hurdle until I'm officially a licensed psychologist.  Studying has consumed a lot of my time and I can't wait until this test is past me!

5. I'm thinking of chopping my hair short for summer

This is now:



and here are some inspiration pics:



What do we think?

6. We found out we are having a baby GIRL

Okay, so yeah, I did a whole post on this already, but we're so excited about our little girl on the way.  I think it's safe to Audrey is wicked excited/relieved as well - she was really hoping for a baby sister.

Now, my little J-man will be sandwiched between 2 sisters, but I think he'll handle it just fine.


7. Last, but not least, I'm going away for a girls' weekend

Woo hoo!!!  Tonight, I'm headed to the beach for a quick getaway with 2 of my best gal pals from grad school.  One lives here in the Baltimore area, but is soon moving to ILLINOIS and the other lives in Connecticut, so these little getaways are so treasured.  I can't wait for a relaxing weekend with the gals.  I'm going to get in a little study time on the beach, but will mostly just enjoy being away, sleeping, and catching up!

Have a great weekend!

- Amber

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Long Overdue...and gender reveal news!


I haven't posted in far too long and I'm totally wiped from this weekend!  But... I couldn't let the night get away from me without a quick update.

Last week was our 20 week ultrasound for baby in the belly.  Yep, halfway through already (well, more than halfway - now at 21 1/2 weeks!)

Baby looked perfect (yay!) and rather than finding out the sex while we were at the u/s like we did with the other 2, this time, the tech wrote down the sex of the baby and we mailed it off to my Mom, who threw us a gender reveal party this past weekend.  It was my mom's idea and although I wouldn't have thought of it myself, I'm SO glad she did.  It was absolutely perfect - every detail was amazing and it was soooo incredible to find out if we were expecting a boy or girl surrounded by our friends and family.

I want to do a full recap of the party because it was just perfect, but for now, I'll just leave you with what you're really wanting to know...

First, everyone who came to the party had to choose a lei with their prediction -- pink for girl and blue for boy.

Here's my little fam:


The girls were thinking pink and the boys were thinking blue...


And....

it's...

a...



baby GIRL!!!

We are so completely thrilled with our healthy, sweet GIRL on the way!

More details to come in the next post ;)

- Amber

Thursday, June 5, 2014

An Anniversary Surprise!




Yesterday, Shaun and I celebrated NINE YEARS of marriage... awwwwwww.  That is kind of crazy.  We met in 2003, married in 2005, and here we are ... STILL happily married with 2 crazy fun kiddos and a 3rd on the way.  Time flies!  Marriage has it's ups and downs, but for us, it's been mostly lots of ups and we help each other through the downs.  If Shaun would put his dishes in the dishwasher and shoes on the shoe rack, I'm pretty convinced our marriage would be perfect.


But, that's not even what I want to tell you about today!  So, as I was saying, yesterday was our anniversary.  When I got home, I noticed the front yard was mowed (wowee!) and I thought that was a pretty nice anniversary treat. It meant Shaun had come home early and taken care of the yard. Nice~! Then, I took the kiddos inside and saw a gorgeous spring bouquet he bought for me, already in a vase.  Another wow!!  I was thinking our anniversary evening was going pretty nicely, especially because we had dinner reservations we had to get ready for.

But then... I go downstairs and say hello to my handsome hubby, give him a kiss, compliment him on the yard, thank him for the flowers, etc. and he says "Yeah, I worked from home today because I had to be here to get the anniversary present set up from your Mom."  I'm like "Huh??"  Here's the thing - not too long ago, my Mom gave me a whopper of a check to help pay for the crazy expensive psychology licensing exams I'm in the midst of taking.  At the time she wrote it, I was FLOORED and told her "that can be our anniversary present" (even though it was far too much for an anniversary present anyway).

Well, this time, my Mom REALLY outdid herself.  So, Shaun tells me "I had to get the present set up" and takes me into our laundry room... where.... I see THIS!


Oh my dear gorgeous.  A brand spanking new LG HE washer and dryer set.  It's like Jetson style fancy, I don't even know how it all works yet.  But this... THIS... was our anniversary present from my Mom.  I was speechless!!!  I also realized how old I'm getting because pretty much nothing could excite me more than new appliances.

Here's the thing.. my Mom is a terrible secret keeper.  At least, that's what I thought.  She can't recommend a book to me without spoiling the ending.  But this time, WOW, I just had no clue.  Shaun said they had been conspiring on this surprise for about a month.  I don't even know what to say!!

Actually, I know what I have to say and I can't believe I'm saying it... I can't wait to do the laundry.

There, I said it.  As you can probably tell, Shaun was already testing it out by the time I got home!

Our old washer/dryer sucked .. super super sucked.  It took approximately 3 hours to dry a load of clothing.  I'm not even kidding.  But, a new set wasn't in our budget or frankly even on our radar.

Mama, you are the woman!!!  I'm totally stunned at this amazingly generous surprise.  Thank you thank you thank you!

- Amber

Monday, June 2, 2014

From Cute to BOTCHED to Sassy & Sweet!


I'm talking about Audrey's hair of course.  We had QUITE an experience last week when it came to get her a trim.  Audrey's hair was slightly longer than chin length...


but with Summer coming, she wanted to get it trimmed a bit shorter.  She HATES having her hair pulled back, she HATES clips -- Basically unless it was down, as above, she didn't like it.

When we got to a local kids' hair cut place (I'm choosing not to disclose their name... if you're local and curious, e-mail me or leave a comment.  I already wrote to corporate and don't want to make a big public shaming..), Audrey asked for an inverted bob - that means shorter in the back and gradually longer in the front.  They had a picture of it on the wall so she literally said "I want that."  The Mr. supervised her cut (mostly just hung out nearby as she doesn't need much assistance) while I hung out with the little dude while he got his cut (his turned out FABULOUS by the way!)

When we were done and paid, we left.  I couldn't really tell what Audrey's hair looked like because 1) the stylist didn't dry it and 2) she twisted it and pinned the front all back with little flower clips (of course Audrey let her do it...).  When she was walking in front of us though, I could just tell it was NOT what we asked for.  There were tons of choppy layers in the back and the back looked long and uneven... lopsided...AWFUL.  We could have gone to the kid place and asked them to fix it, but honestly, after seeing what was done to her head, I didn't want them taking scissors to her hair again and ruining it further.  

Once Audrey's hair dried, I could see how bad the damage really was.  Not only was it just NOT what we asked for... it was shorter in the front/sides and LONGER on the back (like a mullet kind of!), it was just a BAD cut with jaggedy edges.  It honestly looked like Audrey had done it herself.





Audrey was not a happy camper when she realized her hair was nothing like what she had asked for.   She agreed to go to a "grown up salon" to have it fixed, which is precisely what we did 2 days later.  I'm SO.GLAD.WE.DID.  I had to have the sylist take her hair much shorter in the back to make up for how much length was taken off on the sides from the botched cut.  The stylist at the other salon actually thought Audrey had gotten to the scissors because it was so uneven...






The first 3 photos are from the day of her cut.  The sylist blew dry her hair with a round brush and made it lay all cute and straight.  I knew it wouldn't do that once we were home (no way this kid is letting me blow dry her hair with a round brush, nor do I want to do that every day).  However, it still looks adorable with her usual shampoo and air dry.  Her hair is naturally wavy with a little curl so that comes out more than the day 'day of' pics, but we just LOVE IT.  

Audrey has been getting compliments everywhere she goes and says she loves her 'sassy' cut!  Me too, me too...

I know where she'll be getting her next trim!

- Amber

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bump Update - 17 1/2 Weeks

So, I'm almost 18 weeks along with baby #3 and thinking it's time to do an update.  Poor kid... I kept DETAILED pregnancy journals with the first 2 and took regular, weekly photos.  I take photos this time around, but not in an organized way.  And journaling!??!  Forget about it!  This will count as journaling - I can always print it out later...right?  Right?

Pregnancy Review: 
How far along: 17w3d



Total weight gain/loss: I'd rather not think about it... I pasted this from a post I did with Jameson and noticed that I had gained 15lbs at 25weeks with him.  Well, at almost 18weeks along, I think I've gained about 12 or 13 already.  What can I say?  I've been eating REALLY well.

Maternity Clothes? yes... I wear that.  I've been exclusively in maternity for weeks.  I wore a pair of non-maternity jeans over the weekend and that will be the last time for sure!!  I wear pretty much all maternity pants, mostly maternity tops, but still wear non-maternity cardigans (since I don't button them!)

Stretch Marks? nothing new, but plenty of old battle wounds

Sleep: surprisingly well!!  I'm SO TIRED by the end of the day - having to pee is the only thing that wakes me up

Best Moment this week: feeling teeny baby bumps - they are still very light/infrequent and I can't wait until I feel this baby more often!



Movement: I felt the first baby bump around 15 1/2 weeks and can usually feel baby at least once a day, in the evening, when I'm lying down very still - I occasionally feel him/her during the day, but not usually


Food Cravings: 
 red meat!  Yesterday, we had burgers and they were so darn good... 

Gender: We don't know yet.  The *big* u/s is on 6/12, but we won't find out until 6/22 at our Gender Reveal Party my mom is throwing


What I miss: Is it bad if I say alcohol??  With the weather getting nice, I'm dreaming of a summer ale and a margarita while I hang out outside.


Labor Signs: None

Belly Button in or out: It's starting to widen out/flatten


What I am looking forward to: getting Audrey and Jameson moved into their shared big kids' room, finding out the sex of the baby and seeing that he/she is healthy, feeling more movement


Milestones: making it through the nauseating first trimester!


- Amber