The Fogue Abode: 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

Weston's Birth Story

Finally getting around to writing out Wes’ birth story after 2 months.  I didn’t realize how busy caring for two would be.  I’m usually really good at managing time and finding ways to take care of things (like the mounds of dishes or laundry,) but now, it just seems like an impossible task.  Thankfully, middle of the night feedings provides a good opportunity for this update to slowly evolve.

The story starts several weeks before Wes was born.  Much like Aspen’s birth, I dilated early.  I was at 3 inches on Friday afternoon and had been having longer and longer episodes of Braxton Hicks contractions.  We decided to take Aspen to the pumpkin patch to pick out her pumpkin for Halloween jack-o-lanterns.  We checked out the animals, rode the hayride and played on the swing set before heading home.  On the ride home I began having contractions that were just over 10 minutes apart.  We got home and after several hours and a nap, they eased up.  Sunday I was exhausted from the previous day and took it easy, I felt fine contraction-wise.  

Tuesday was my next appointment day.  I drove in to work that morning and during our morning meeting had contractions start up again.  This time they were around 3-5 minutes apart with an occasional 7-10 minute length.  I left work thinking this was just another fun episode of Braxton Hicks and drove Aspen home.  By the time I got to my doctor's office I had been on the road for a good 2 hours.  Contractions were still the same and I really couldn’t feel them getting stronger.  I jokingly commented to my nurse that I thought today was the day.  When my doctor checked me, I was still just a 3-1/2, but she observed that I was easily a 4 during contractions.

Since I was 2 days from my due date, she suggested I go over to be observed to see if this was labor, and if not, I was ok to try some induction techniques.  

I had told my doctor from the beginning that I really wanted to experience going into labor naturally and avoid induction if possible.  At this point, I was exhausted from the days of contracting and being so large.  I was sad that I was willing to resign to being induced.  But the good news, I was actually in labor even though my contractions weren’t consistent.

I was checked in around 3 pm.  Since I was alone I spent the next hour and a half calling everyone to warn them I was in labor.  Chris finally made it after stopping to grab my bag and pack his stuff (men!) This got us to about 5 pm and I was already at 5 cm.  Easy breezy first half of labor.  I wanted to wait for the epidural as long as possible seeing as I still felt fine at this point.  Things kind of stalled for the next 2 hours.  So I began using Clary Sage on my inner ankles to help influence more consistent contractions and I let them break my water.  These two things really got the ball rolling.  I received my epidural and spent the next hour visiting family that had shown up.  Aspen came in one last time to see mommy and daddy.  She was so tired but so excited.

At this point I was getting super uncomfortable, I was trying hard to hide it until Aspen left back to the waiting room. But by the time they took her, I was wiggling around in pain even through my epidural.  I requested a top off of pain medicine to help, which it didn't!  The next hour stretched on forever as I was struggling with each contraction.  When the nurse checked next, much to her surprise, I was nearly a 10 and the baby was crowning.  They rushed around like crazy prepping the room and the doctor made it in just in time for about 4 pushes and... Baby Wes was here!  

We spent the next hour nursing and getting our vitals.  He was a shrimpy little thing at 6lb 12oz and 19 inches long.  Big Sis made it in to visit as did all the grandparents before we got settled for the rest of the night.

Now that he’s been with us for 2 whole months, I really couldn’t imagine life without this little booger.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DIY Postpartum Care Basket

Let’s talk postpartum recovery shall we?  Wes is 3 weeks old today and it’s been a slow healing process for Mom.  I’m quickly reminded why they require 6 weeks to heal on a daily basis.  Keeping up with a toddler often leaves me wiped out and achy.  It really is a lot thinking of what your body has gone through.  If you had asked me 30 minutes before Wes was born, I would have screamed through the contractions that I thought I was hit by a bus, and then that bus managed to back right over me again.

But the second this sweet boy entered the world, my mind quickly begins to erase the memories of the pain.  My body is just left with the side effects, which honesty haven’t been as bad as my recovery with Aspen.  So, here is how I’ve survived postpartum with my DIY Postpartum Care Basket.

With this being my second recovery, I felt like a seasoned pro in regards to what made me feel better in those days post baby bump.  Here are the essentials I rounded up and placed in a divided basket in my bathroom for easy access during those daunting bathroom trips.

  1. Always Overnight Maxi Pads - I wanted maximum protection, but the larger pads also offer a nice base for all my other care items.
  2. Always Discreet Underwear - I never thought I’d see a day where I thought adult diapers were my jam!  That was until I had kids.  Skip the embarrassment and pride part and trust me on this tip.  I quickly went through the undies I brought home from the hospital, these offer much more protection plus who wants to do laundry when they could be snuggling babies.  
  3. Tucks Medicated Pads - These cooling pads are a nice relief to achy lady bits.   
  4. DIY Peri Spray - For this healing spray I mixed part Witch Hazel plus 10 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 10-15 drops of Gentle Baby essential oil (a special blend by Young Living.) Not only does this have healing means, but I also use it to freshen up.
  5. Dermaplast - this wonderful spray is a cool relief.
  6. Nursing pads - I keep nursing pads here as well to remember to change them out.   Not pictured is also lanolin to help with sore nipples, it’s a part of my bathroom routine to take care of nursing issues too.

These few essentials got me through the thick of the storm with my recovery.  I believe the better prepared you are the easier your road to recovery could be.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Confessions, Of The Bathroom Kind!

I have a confession to make, when I posted our Guest Bathroom Reveal way back here, we weren't completely finished.  Sitting behind that white waffled shower curtain was a partially finished shower.

You see, we didn't mean for it to take this long to complete.  We tore the original shower out, installed the new bathtub and then started tiling with these fabulous extra large subway tiles.  Then we hit a brick wall with the shower plumbing.  Well by we, I mean Chris.  Sorry to throw you under the bus, babe.

What we thought would be a rather simple DIY turned into a rather difficult problem.  A problem we let sit for months before finally getting the courage up to bust out the tiling Chris had already done.  

Then, a few more months toiled by as we let it sit before actually fixing the plumbing issue and re-tiling it.

But our problems didn't stop there.  At this point, it had been over a year since we purchased all of our plumbing supplies and we couldn't find what color grout we had originally used.  That led us on a guessing game, and you guessed right, we were wrong.  So out had to come that grout and we had to buy the other color which then ended up being correct.

A few more months drug by and thanks to my step-dad for coming by and helping Chris install the drain under the house. We officially have a working shower for the kids and guests! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Baby Fogue [Big Reveal]

Dropping by to say Weston Rhett joined our family late Tuesday evening.  He came into this world at 6 pounds 12 ounces and 18 inches long.  I'm very thankful for my small babies.  Being at home with Aspen has been a huge adjustment for us.  I can't wait to tell you more, but now I have a hungry baby.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Baby Fogue [39 Weeks]

Unfortunately, I'm back again for our 39 week update.  After an active week last week with contractions and cramping, it's been a rather quiet week.  I'm calling this the calm before the storm.  Ideally, I'm wanting to go into labor naturally and not have to deal with another induction.  It's time to get serious with these natural labor inducing ideas such as spicy foods and eating pineapple.  Do you have any tried and true induction remedies? I spent yesterday evening doing a little bit of walking.

While I'm bouncing away on the yoga ball, let's check in to week 39.

Baby Size: Happy Halloween Wes!  You are about the size of a pumpkin these days!  He should be breaking into 7 pounds and getting close to 20 inches long.

Symptoms: Lots of pain and pressure these days.  I confirmed at my last appointment that he is low and ready to go.  This means my walk is straight up penguin waddle now.  Continued Braxton hicks and frequent bathroom breaks leaves me guessing if this could be it.  

Currently Missing: The ability to sleep without the need for pillows to prop my large belly up.  I think Aspens about ready to say goodbye to mommies pillows as well.  Her attempts to sleep close to me usually results in her sleeping straight across our heads.

Sleep:  Sleep is interrupted nightly by having to roll and adjust pillows or to get up for a bathroom break.  I'm ready to trade these wake up periods with a new little squish.

Cravings and favorite foods: Trying to cram in the last of the unhealthy food options into my diet, I'm craving a fried egg and cheese BLT sandwich.  Or heart attack on a bun, if you will. 

Mood: Impatient.  I'm so over answering the same questions over and over like "how much longer?"  Or hearing people tell me about their kids.  Just let me sulk in silence.

Buying:  Did you see the big nursery reveal earlier this week!?  We spent the weekend finishing up that room so a few little purchases like hooks and screws to get this project checked off the to-do list.

Aspens Reaction:  Aspen finally got to feel baby brother have the hiccups.  She tries to scare away his hiccups by running up to my belly and yelling at baby brother.  Maybe this is a good natural induction method she should keep up.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nursery/Guest Room Reveal

This post contains affiliate links.

We are cutting it close, but this weekend was spent putting the finishing touches on the nursery/guest room!  I'm so excited to show you how this room turned out.  

It was one of the last rooms in our house that needed saving in a desperate way.  Until just a few months ago, a bed had been shoved in there and it housed most of our random junk.  Once I cleared it out and was working with a clean slate, I knew I wanted something light and airy that felt homey enough for our guests but would also double as our nursery for little Wes.  

To start out, we needed to give this room a fresh coat of paint.  I went with Valspar's Mink Frost which is a soft brown/grey that is just a few shades lighter than our bedrooms color.  Since the room is dark and the only window is shaded by a large crepe myrtle, it needed something almost white to bounce light from.

We took out the old white and brass ceiling fan that was in desperate need of an update and replaced it with a simple drum light.  This total project was less than $60.  Instead of spending money on a light figure that was already together, which could easily cost $100+, I found a light kit and added a drum shade to it.  

The furnishings were all pieces that we currently own, the green bed that was in the spare room received an update with this washed linen duvet cover.  We moved the dresser and crib from Aspen's room and gave it a more adventurous update with this adorable bedding from Copper Pearl and a soft linen changing pad to complement the airiness of the room.

Much like Aspens nursery, I wanted the theme of this room to be versatile and able to grow with Wes.  I didn't want a generic baby theme, so I loosely tagged it as Adventure themed which embraced some of my favorite details of this room.  

To add a bit of a rustic element to this room, I wanted to use some stacked crates for the nightstand.  I left one of the crates opened up as a fun way to add some decorative details like this airplane blueprint.  I had found this airplane bedding from Restoration Hardware that I so wanted in the nursery.  But with a $90 price tag for a crib sheet, I knew it wasn't meant to be.  But then I saw that they offered a free swatch of the bedding which I ordered and then framed.  This fits perfectly with the paper airplane I saved from my sister's baby shower!  

There are just so many details of this room that I love!  It came together perfectly and is just awaiting it's tiny occupant to arrive, hopefully soon!  

Below I have rounded up a list of sources for everything seen in the nursery/guest room. If I missed anything you are curious in, leave a comment below.

Bed - we had
Dresser - we had
Crib Sheet - Copper Pearl "Dakota"
Deer Head - Amazon
Map - Hobby Lobby
Globe - Hobby Lobby
Lamp - Home Goods
Drum Light - Lowe's

Friday, October 6, 2017

Baby Fogue [38 Weeks]

Well we made it through to week 38 and a full moon.  I have my weekly appointment this afternoon, but currently not feeling very labor-ish today.  I was really hoping that extra bit of gravitational pull or what ever science phenomena that makes women go into labor during a full moon would have some magic effect on me today.  Sadly it hasn't.

On a plus note, I did finally manage to get all of our bags packed and ready for Go Time.  If I make it to the weekend I may try to create a What's In My Hospital Bag post.

So, here goes my weeks stats and we will see if we make it back for another week next Thursday.

Baby Size: Wes finally made it to the melon status and is weighing in about the size of a winter melon.  This should be around 6.6 pounds and 19.6 inches long.

Symptoms: Back on the crazy train of symptoms this week, I can sum this up by saying just about every symptom I've had these last 38 weeks have culminated into one.  At this point my whole body aches and I can't tell what's what that a labor pain or just my sciatic nerve running up and down my entire body?  

Currently Missing: EVERYTHING!

Sleep:  Limited.  Aspen has enjoyed snuggles with mommy this week.  Mommy has not.  (Poor baby girl)

Cravings and favorite foods: Current craving, cheetos!  I know, nutritious right?  

Mood: Irritable.  

Buying:  This weeks shopping list included a few breastfeeding essentials to finish out our registry list. We are now prepped and ready for the arrival of Baby Wes.

Aspens Reaction: With the endless parade of trips to and from the doctors office lately, our little Aspen has found a big fascination with doctors.  It's so cute to see her play doctor at home, making sure to check on baby brothers heart beat and mom's pulse.  She has also requested to be a doctor for Halloween.  I'm so sad, she's finally to a point where she picks her own outfits out.  Bare with me as I have an emotional moment.

Before I sign off for this weeks update, I wanted to request prayers from you my readers.  When I became pregnant with Baby Wes, I joined a group of moms through an online community who were also due in October.  It's been an exciting few weeks as our babies have started entering the world.   But today, we were notified that one of those babies is now fighting for her life and isn't expected to make it.  Please join me in lifting up this sweet little one and her parents.  God knows the details, we just need to be faithful in lifting them up to him.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Baby Fogue {37 Weeks}

It's official!!!  Today marks full term for Baby Wes and his eviction can be pending any day now.  To say I'm excited/relieved/nervous as heck for this stage is an understatement.  I'm a bag full of emotions.  

Oh and I noticed we have a full moon coming up on the 5th of October, I have my eye on you!  Let's get on to this week's happenings as I wait for go-time.

Baby Size: Ready to make his debut, Baby Wes is clocking in around 6.17 pounds and 18.9 inches long. Approximately the size of Aspen when she was born.  This weeks veggie is a bit of a reach, supposedly he is about the size of a head of Romaine Lettuce, but I've never seen a 6 pound head of lettuce, have you?

Symptoms: This weeks symptoms list has grown significantly.  Still struggling with Syatica, I can now add more frequent and painful contractions going all the way into my back, much more frequent bathroom breaks and a head cold that won't go away.  So many more symptoms pointing to the sign of labor soon. 

Currently Missing: The ability to breath!

Sleep: I broke my personal record of wake ups last night with 7.  Between the more frequent bathroom trips and not being able to breathe and coughing, my sleep is even more limited these days.  

Cravings and favorite foods: I'm guessing cravings are officially back, this week I've had the strongest urge for an Antie Anne's Pretzel with cheese sauce.  Does anyone want to indulge the pregnant lady?  

Mood: Crabby.  

Maternity clothes: None existent these days.  I discovered a hole in the belly of the only shirt I have left, my pants are starting to fray from being stretched out and none of my shoes fit comfortably.  I really should call into work fat and stay home in the only pair of PJs I could muster up out of Chris' side of the closet.

Buying:  So the rug from last week finally arrived and it was the wrong color.  We have a new one coming that I hope arrives before baby brother.  Other than that, just a few smaller items to finish out the nursery from my registry completion coupons and gift cards.

Aspens Reaction: This week Aspen has become much more clingy to me than she has been.  She cries out for me often and begs me not to leave her.  It breaks my heart that she doesn't quite grasp what's coming but I know once we get there, she will be in love!  Other than this, she loves helping me with baby chores like washing bottles and working in the nursery.  I'm the most excited about seeing her be a big sister.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Baby Fogue {36 Weeks}

I'm a little late getting this post out, this weeks update was met with one disaster after another.  After overcoming two flat tires last week, our AC decided to go out at the same time our oven went kaput!  All while this little stink of a head cold was starting to rear its ugly head.  Hopefully, this is just getting the bad out of the way in time for our little boy to come into the world. 

This past week, we were showered with gifts from our gracious Church ladies.  It is such a blessing to have such a wonderful support group and great friends.  Aspen was such a great big sister helping me unwrap the gifts and show them off.  And here we are, right at week 36. 

Baby Size: This week baby Wes is racking on the pounds and should be around the size of a cantaloupe at 6 lbs.  He should also be maxing out his height at 19-22 inches, although I have a feeling this little fella is going to be on the tall side.

Symptoms: This week's new symptom is sciatic nerve pain.  Thanks to baby Wes' growth spurt, he likes hanging out on that nerve which sends shooting pain down my leg.  Speaking of legs, we can add swollen ankles to the ever-growing list of ailments.    

Sleep: My 2 hours of insomnia at night continues to plague me this week.  I'm certain at this point there is no cure.

Cravings and favorite foods:  It's been a while since I've had one of those strong cravings, but this week I am wanting Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches.  Usually I'm not a BBQ fan, so this is certainly one of those weird pregnancy cravings.

Mood: Impatient.  This week my impatience with people has hit an all-time high.  I apologize in advance.

Maternity clothes: I've hit a new stage in this pregnancy, I've outgrown my maternity clothes.  With hopefully less than a month to go, I'm really against buying new clothes which means being creative with coverups and even going crazy casual in some of Chris' t-shirts.

Buying:  This weeks purchase, well actually delivery, is the rug I ordered for the nursery.  After 2 months and 3 missed ship dates, I finally received the nuLoom rug I ordered on Amazon Prime day.  Just one of the last few finishing touches I've been waiting on for the nursery.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How To Have The Best Yard Sale Ever!

What's the craziest thing a 35+ week pregnant woman could do? Sort through years worth of junk to hold a Saturday Yard Sale!?

Who is crazy enough to hold said Yard Sale?  This chick!  Yep, you can just pick me up and cart me to the nut house!

Aside from how crazy I felt pudging around trying to sell all my junk, we had a great day and sold quite a bit of stuff.  And boy did we need it. Just as I was counting up our profit from the day, our oven decided to go out.  So new stove it is.  

I wanted to share a few tips on how we had the best yard sale ever, whether you're pregnant or not.

  1. Just Call Me The Yard Sale Prepper
I had a years worth of baby clothes to sell, and this was a hot commodity.  Our customers liked the organization behind our setup which allowed them to look through just the sizes they need.  I started back when we were growing out of these clothes and had a plastic tote set aside for each size.  This really helped when it came to Yard Sale prepping as I was able for to pin together outfits and lay them out while the onesies, pants and pjs were in the tote below.  I labeled our table with the size and season.

I wasn't just organized with clothing, I separated all of our household items with like items.  It helps your customers visualize more and in the end, hopefully, sale a little more.

  1. "Do You Want My Crap?"  Presale and Advertise
I think this approach had a large impact on our final dollar.  I put social media to use in helping me spread the word as well as to sale some of our larger items.  We posted in all of our local swap shops and community pages as well as our personal pages.  I made it easy for our customers by providing a way to "reserve" their items with a Saturday pickup day.  This was also a great way to tease what all we would have.  I used Canva to make my postings and made sure that they were all the same so that people would recognize the separate listings.  (Unfortunately, Facebook only allows 10 pictures per posting.)

  1. Junk You Need!  - Epic Signage
We are all drawn to pretty things, aren't we?  So why not make your signs pretty and witty.  Use a mix of fonts from hand script to block.  Try to make the signs as big as possible.  Also, have fun!  We put the generic "yard sale" sign with our info out on the main roads, but in our yard, I took a cue from The Magic Brush and had fun, stop you in your tracks signs.  It totally worked too.  We had many customers say they stopped because of our junk signs.  

  1.  Price to sale, but don't undervalue your stuff
Pricing for me is just plain hard.  I'm not one to mark everything for 25¢, I know how much I gave for an item and marking it 75%-80% off even hurts.  I wasn't afraid to be a little higher on some high-end items and to even say no to a few low offers.  I was pleasantly surprised at how many people were willing to give what I was asking.  If it's worth it to you then it will be worth it to someone else.
  1. Apparently only people in white cars Yard Sale
This last tip was a bit comical.  Our big spenders all showed up in white vehicles.  I'm not sure if there is a science behind this, but I feel like I've heard that statistic somewhere.  So when you have your next yard sale and a white car drives up, be a little extra nice and accommodating, you may just score your biggest sale of the day.

I hope these few tips help you out the next time you decide to plunge forward with your own yard sale.  They are a lot of work, but in the end, it's incredibly satisfying to clear out some of the junk you've collected and hopefully make a few bucks for something new and fun.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Baby Fogue {35 Weeks}

Getting past this week will be a huge milestone for myself.  35 weeks was the point when I had a brief labor & delivery stay and was put on bedrest for the remainder of my last pregnancy.  Obviously the goal this time is to skip the bed rest!  I have an appointment this afternoon so fingers crossed for me, please.

In other baby related news, this past weekend was the diaper shower for Baby Wes, he was sprinkled with plenty of diappies and other goodies.

Baby Size: This week Baby Wes is as big as a Pineapple and should be around 5 (large) pounds.

Symptoms: Can miserable be a symptom, because if it was that is my symptom this week.  At this point Baby Wes is so big that there is no more room, every day is pretty much constant aches and uncomfortableness.  I'm also pretty hormonal when it comes to the water works.  I've spent many nights worrying about how my little girl will adjust and missing our time alone together.

Currently Missing: Life without grunting every time I have to move. But seriously, I'm ready for the end while at the same time, I'm pretty scared of how our family dynamics will change.

Sleep: This week I've actually been able to catch a few zzz's at night.  Although it's the morning that stinks with the aches and pains.

Mood: Over this!  Today means I have 35 more days until my due date, I'm entering the hardest part of pregnancy where you just feel miserable and tired.  

Maternity clothes: Maternity clothes these days are all about being comfy and finding something that still fits.  My limited stash of clothes has obviously shrunk.

Buying: This week's purchases are all about mom's postpartum comfort.  Be on the look out coming up for what makes it to my postpartum basket.

Aspens Reaction: This past weekend Aspen got a little practice on being a big sister with her new baby cousin Kellen.  At first, she was very weary of the baby but after a while, she warmed up to him. We practiced being gentle with the baby this week and how we will care for him when he arrives.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget

Like most first time homeowners, our décor budget is somewhat slim.  I love seeing the years trends in glossy magazines, like the fabric wrapped pumpkins and fall leaves abound a beautiful mantle or tablescape. I could seriously let my mind take me away, my pocket book, on the other hand screams in opposition.  Don't worry, there are still ways to create some beautiful fall vignettes around your own home even on a Dollar Tree budget.

So today, I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks I've found to add to my fall décor stash over the years.  Ultimately it takes a little patience and doing little by little every year.

Tip #1 I have is to use what you already own.  Simply rearranging your key décor areas can really freshen things up for a new season. Candles, mirrors, baskets and lanterns are great classic pieces that can move around from room to room pretty easily.  You never know what fun combination you may come up with by just trying things here and there.

Tip #2 is to be creative.  Burlap has become a classic fall staple.  You can grab a yard from your local store for just a few dollars.  Cutting it into triangles and using some craft paint to paint letters is a great way to make your own banner.  Know someone who owns a Silhouette or Cricut?  See if you could snag some vinyl letters to make a simple "thankful" sign from some scrap lumber. 

Tip #3 Snag fun pieces from yard sales.  Fall is a great time to find many yard sales and antique shows.  This is a great way to find buckets, crates and bowls.  Then, simply add some fall florals to it to make a perfect fall bouquet. 

Tip #4 raid your grandmother's old stash.  Eventually one day we will have piles and piles of décor staples that simply find their way to the back of a closet.  But for us just getting our start, using this resource is an excellent way to add to your stash.  I came home with bags upon bags of fall florals.  Don't be afraid take things apart and repurpose.  This filler I have in my dough bowls consisted of a cornucopia's guts and a baggie with a cute scarecrow on the front.  I took both apart and used the florals and the pumpkins and squash to fill up the bowl.

Tip #5 is to make a stop by the Dollar Tree.  They usually have a great supply of fall pieces for just $1.  I found the small hay bells, crows and pumpkins there last year.  I took several large and brightly colored Styrofoam pumpkins and spray painted them white.

Tip #6, online swap shops.  Last year I scored a couple of boxes full of fall sunflowers and straw from left over wedding decorations.  I came home and made them into small and large bouquets to place around.  Be on the look out for items in unusual places.

 Tip #7 mix it up!  I love a blank slate when it comes to pulling my boxes of décor out each fall.  I'm never one to put something in the same place year after year and really that's the fun of it all.  Be as creative as you would like and it will all feel brand new each year.

I hope these few frugal tips help or encourage you in a time when your budget may not agree with your eyes.  Have you found any steals this year?  Let us know what you found and how you incorporated it into your home this year. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Baby Fogue [34 Weeks]

I'm a little late with this weeks update, Aspen is at her grandparents for the night so this pregnant lady decided it was time to clean all the floors in the house.  You know, nesting and all.  I also am having some self-esteem issues with the lack of my wardrobe lately, so getting this weeks picture was a process of it's own.  Getting to the point where nothing fits just plain stinks.

On a positive note, I'm excited about this weeks coming Diaper Shower.  We kept all of our big baby items and made sure we purchased them in neutrals.  So I was only in need of diapers which seemed more fitting since this is our second.  To coil my excitement, let's review the week.

Baby Size: What's more fitting for fall, then marking this weeks size to a butternut squash.  Weston should be around 4.6 lbs and 17.7 inches long, all of which I feel stretched out under my ribs.

Symptoms: Lots of stretching and moving around happening this week.  The poor kid has to be feeling squashed.  Also, after a week or so of being heartburn free, it's right back today, boo.

Currently Missing: Being able to reach the floor.  Picking up after a toddler is becoming a more and more daunting. 

Sleep: I've resigned to the fact that my nights of decent sleep are over.  I can try sleeping with pillows, rearranging the pillows and even without, everything still aches come morning time.  It's just an impossible task these days.

Cravings and favorite foods: When heartburn doesn't deter me, sautéed onions are my craving this week.  This was a love I finally found when pregnant with Aspen and they are still my favorite.

Mood: Impatient.  This week I've been impatient with everything: time, people, the end of this pregnancy. 

Maternity clothes: When you've reach the point of outgrowing all of your comfy clothes with only a month left in your pregnancy, you turn to your husband's closet.  This evening I'm sporting an old pair of Chris' pajamas pants and one of his old college tee's.  Thankful for his sharing, it's the little things that make me happy. 

Aspen's Reaction: This week Aspen has been very excited about her new roll in our family.  She spent Saturday on her Big Sister Day talking about her baby brother.  It's now a daily request to have baby brother come out. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Big Sister Day

With the pending arrival of a certain baby brother, due in just the matter of a month, Chris and I agreed that some pampering was in order for the big sister-to-be.  So Saturday we set out on a day full of adventures, Aspen style. 

It's amusing what a two-year-old dreams up when you ask her what she want's to do on her special day.  First, we were to spend the day coloring, then she wanted to go shopping for Barbies.  We finally settled for tacos for lunch, followed by a fun day at the zoo and rounded it out with our first trip to Chuck E. Cheese for pizza and games.

I loved watching her explore around the zoo.  Her excitement was contagious.  We visited monkey's followed by the elephants, road the train and then saw the big cats.  Afterwards, we had pizza for dinner with games and prizes.

It was a brilliant day, we loved spending time with our first born and showering her with love.  It was also a great day of talking about the new baby and just what that was going to mean for life going forward. 

We can't wait to add another little one to our family, but at the same time, it's sad watching our little girl grow up.  I know she will be the best big sister.  If you're a parent of more than one, how did your oldest adjust to the addition of a baby?