Friday, August 30, 2013

da bump :: 31 wks

excuse the boy.  he couldn't look up.  he was busy checking out a toy catalog.  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Preston, latetly.

Just going through some of the photos from this summer so pardon the photo dump. 

A trip to the aquarium with his cousins. 

Evenings spent outside, barefoot, riding his tractor, and fighting off mosquitoes. 

For a little flashback, here's Preston just shy of a year old and on his tractor for the very first time. I miss that baby face.  And look at those leaves.  Hurry up, fall. 

fake cry

After church today, he sat down just outside the garage and sat there quietly for a few minutes.  I wonder what he was thinking about?

Then training camp commenced.  After finding out about Preston's heart condition, many things saddened me and the thought of never being able to sit in the stands and cheer him one as he played baseball was one of them.  Who knows if he'll ever actually want to play baseball when he gets older and really I don't care.  Just so blessed and thankful that he's alive and healthy and that I get to be his 24/7 cheerleader.  Thank you, Jesus. 

Here's a little instagram video I made of his batting attempts. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

da bump :: 30 weeks

I saw my high risk specialist again this morning.  I ended up having to drag Preston along to her office.  I take him with me to see my regular OB as things are a little more relaxed there, but I was so anxious about taking him with me this morning (things are far from relaxed at this office).  He was perfect!  He stayed in his stroller the entire time watching the Little Engine That Could. So proud of him.  

I was also relieved to hear and see that Miss Hadley's growth is proportionate and consistent with 30 weeks.  My placental resistance is still up, better than last time but not normal. So I will go back in 3 weeks for another check up.  Oh joy!  She thinks I will make it to full term.  I hope so.  I really just want Miss Hadley to be born in October.  I think October is the most beautiful month of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, but it's the anniversary of my mother's death.  It might sound a little morbid, but I'd love to celebrate a new life especially the life of my daughter in October.  Fingers crossed!

The tech attempted to get some shots in 4-D of Miss Hadley for us (especially since they spoiled us with Preston as seen here).   Hadley, just like last time, kept her face buried making it impossible to get a shot.  Little miss not-so-photogenic.  Oh well, maybe in 3 weeks.

Her estimated weight today was 3 lbs and 2 ounces.  Only 9 (or less) weeks to go!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

prv's first day of school. ever.

I dropped him off of at "kool" this morning.  He walked right in carrying his Thomas the Train pillow for naptime, threw it on the ground once he got in there, and immediately found some cars to play with. 

I'm convinced that Mr. Picky-eater will starve today.  You should see the assortment of foods I packed for him.  Kicking myself for not taking a picture.  Plus I ordered him a hot lunch tray in addition, thinking once he sees other kids eating the hot lunch he will want it to.  

Anyhow, I only cried in my car for a few minutes afterwards.  I'm blessed to be this guy's mommy.  He has my heart.  Did y'all hear that?  He completely has my heart.  I couldn't love him more.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hadley's stationary + a minted giveaway.

Miss Hadley's very first set of stationary, specifically thank you cards, arrived last week thanks to the folks over a Minted

I adore Minted 1) for their unique designs and 2) for their excellent quality especially on the thickness of the paper.

My friend at Minted also threw in some of their skinny wrap address labels for us to try also.  I love these.  True to their stationary, minted again offers a wide selection of different styles and colors on their skinny wrap address labels. 

Minted's birth announcements are my absolute favorite.  Like these, these, and these.  Hard to believe I'll be creating some birth announcements in 10 weeks or less.

And finally, one lucky reader is going to win a $100 credit to Minted.  Click here to enter the giveaway.  It's quick and easy to enter, but hurry, the giveaway ends this Sunday, August 25th. 

** I received 50 cards and skinny wrap labels from Minted in exchange for this post.  As usual, all opinions shared in this post are my own.  

Friday, August 16, 2013

five on friday {and da bump @ 29 wks }

I'm linking up with Darci and friends for another Five on Friday post.

one ::

I finished the DIY crib mobile for Hadley's room last weekend.  I initially said I wasn't making anything and that I would be spending money to buy one this time (I made Preston's mobile also), but in the end I couldn't find one that I just loved. So I used this tutorial and a wreath ring from Michael's that I spray painted a nice neutral color to match the walls and made my own.  I'm still indecisive about it (some days I love it and some days I am unsure), but it's staying up. 

two ::

I bought these pjs on clearance for the hospital.  It looks like they only have the pigs left.  I bought the seahorse print.  They are super soft and cozy, and my short legs can appreciate that I can adjust the length so they aren't dragging the floor all the time.

three ::

We took Preston to his new school for the very first time yesterday to meet his teacher.  He is in love already and was so very excited to be there. He's only going two full days a week, but still he's leaving our home, he'll be with new kids, new teachers, away from his mommy, daddy, and Rosa.  My stomach is all in knots just thinking about it, but we know it's the best for him.  He's very social, and honestly we've been holding him back by keeping him at home.  We did not have the choice of sending him to school the first year as the doctors wanted him at home, but the past year and a half I've prayed for discernment for when and where to start him.  I'm definitely at peace with our decision, but it still doesn't make it any easier. 

four ::

Speaking of school, I realize that I can't protect my children from all the harm and evil in this broken world.  I get that, but it doesn't make it any easier.  One thing I learned from this book though is that I can help shape the destiny of my children and their children through my prayers for them.  I pray constantly that I will always be mindful in my actions and above all things that I will point Preston towards Christ.  I saw this quote and realized that I should also pray that others who are in and will come into his life will also point him towards Christ. 


five ::

I met up with the lovely founder and other sweet contributors for the Houston Moms Blog last night for a photo shoot followed by dinner.  I look forward to getting to know them more.  Amanda from Momma's Gonna SNAP Photography took our pictures so I give her full credit for my 29 week bump picture. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

all things pineapple.

You guys know by now that pineapples are my love language, right?!

Here are some of my favorite pins from my all things pineapple pinterest board.

need that pineapple lamp // also need this planter   //  adore the pineapple earrings  //  a pineapple infant hat, get out  //  my house is lacking a pineapple print  // wish I was brave enough for pineapple wall paper
(wall paper scares me) 
*sources found here

And I love the new pineapple plaque that now adorns our backyard from Personal Creations home and garden section.  The sweet folks over at Personal Creations sent it to us last month. Love that it came personalized with our name and wedding year. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it. 

I've bookmarked a ton of stuff from Personal Creations that I want in my near future like these and these for starters. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

da bump :: 28 weeks

Thankful that my Bubba was in town so he could serve as our photographer before dinner tonight. Jealous that my Bubba's going to be on a beach for the next week though.  This heat is taking it's toll on Hadley and me.

top left :: my baby daddy          top right :: prom pose
bottom left :: my heart     bottom right :: so typical (the Gherkin with his eyes closed & P pulling my hair)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

big boy room {the beds}

I found a pair of Jenny Lind beds on craigslist, and I went crazy over them.  Too bad they were located over 5 hours away.  Husband agreed to make the hike, though, and drove to pick them up.  He's pretty awesome! 

Here's the before.

They're not exact matches and one is clearly much older than the other and both needed some refinishing.

After driving across Texas, the husband agreed to sand and paint them.  After spending one Saturday with a sander in his hands and barely making progress, my friend, Samantha, saved the day when she told me that the Annie Sloan paint didn't require sanding.  I had no idea.  That saved us hours. Instead of sanding for hours, we just threw a couple coats of Annie Sloan's graphite on the beds.  Thank you, Sam!

I'm very happy with how they turned out.  Turns out that one bed is so old that it is about 1.5 inches smaller than traditional twin beds and current twin mattresses.  We did find a mattress that fit (although be it a tight fit) at Costco of all places.  A box spring would not have fit and luckily we didn't need a box spring with these beds.

More importantly than the way they look is that the fact that Preston loves them and has finally started sleeping all night, in his own bed the majority of the time.  The Gherkin and I have our own bed back --- at least for a few months and then we'll start all over again.

Now let's see if these beds can stand the test of time with a rambunctious two year old, whose current thing is to jump from all furniture yelling "to effity and beyond."

More big boy room pictures to come as we finish everything.

*effity = infinity 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

a birthday shout out.

Thanks for indulging in my soap box yesterday.  Glad that's over.

On a much, much brighter note today,

happy birthday

to this super cool dad and husband.

So glad you're ours. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

mother of two.

I am so fearful of falling victim to enabling the whole 'the second child syndrome.'  I want Preston to know that he is adored beyond belief, but I also don't want Hadley to ever feel she's getting shafted or got shafted.

  What am I talking about? The whole mentality that I shouldn't do this or that or I'm not supposed to do this or that because it's my second pregnancy or my second child.

Some think it's silly to have a shower for a second baby. Some may think it's ridiculous or vain to take bump pictures especially with a second baby.

Me personally? I wanted to be just as excited about this pregnancy and this baby as I was with Preston.  And I am!  I wanted to be sure that I do the same things I did with my first with this one.  And I'm trying to although it's not as easy this time around.

 I stay committed to doing bump pictures weekly. I did weekly bump pictures with Preston so it feels only right to do them with Hadley.  I document them here on the blog, I save some of  them saved for her baby book, and I put prints of them all in a journal that I keep to document my each of my pregnancies.  So there, that's why I document my pregnancies and why I post weekly bump pictures still.  Not for attention and not for my benefit, but because I did it with Preston and because, in hopes of keeping things fair, I feel the need to do it with Hadley.

Next, would be the journals mentioned above. I kept a very detail and personal journal of my pregnancy with Preston.  It holds everything from those special memories of feeling him move for the first time to those desperate prayers that I poured out for him when we were unsure of his well being.  That thing is so super precious to me.  I keep it put up in a closet.  I've yet to reread it --- don't think I can right now.  One day my hope is that he'll read it and know how precious his life was to me even when I couldn't yet hold him or see him.

So although late, I started a journal for sweet Hadley.  It is filling up with bump pictures, memories that I want to record, sweet things I want her to know of her namesake (my grandmother) and prayers that I have for her life.  I do feel bad that I don't get to journal everyday in hers (such is the life with a toddler) or that so far hers doesn't have as many words as Preston's does, but I'll keep at it. Maybe I'll continue to write in it and share thoughts and memories of our first year together.

Then there's the photography. My go-to girl posted about her limited number of spots available for the fall, and initially I dismissed that I needed to snag one of those spots. For some reason I just wasn't thinking it was something that I needed to do. Why? Who knows!  I did it with Preston and I really feel passionate about not creating this whole 'second child syndrome' (if that's even possible) so I'm now on the books with Kristy.

 Kristy was also there to document Preston's birth (you can see her amazingness here BUT warning, I still cry every time I watch it) so a couple weekends ago the Gherkin and I thought about whether we should have someone there to document Hadley's birth?  I initially thought no, then Mr. Gherkin pipes in, saying that we have all these pictures and even books documenting Preston's birth and said we should consider how Hadley might feel when seeing those pictures of Preston and none of her.  Well, then that's that.  Looks like we'll have someone there documenting Hadley's birth.

Then once she's here, there will be the obligatory month pics and I will post them here as well as put them in her baby book.  Consider this my back-up baby book.  Just staying prepared in case my house ever burned down.  I say that half jokingly, but it happened when we were children. We lost our house to a fire so I'm a little paranoid.  So back to my point, I did them with Preston so I hope to be consistent in doing them with Hadley.

And speaking of Miss Hadley's monthly pics, how precious are these stickers?  And they're absolutely free.

download here   //  boy option here

I imagine it's going to get a lot harder once she's here so I refuse to let myself think any further out than that, but I hope I can keep up the stamina and energy and remain committed to this idea.

I get that second time moms have less time because, well, they have two kids now and still only have two hands and only 24 hours in a day. There have been plenty of days where I told myself that no one will notice if I didn't do this or that and Hadley would certainly never know the difference. Then I sucked it up and stuck to my guns, feeling much better afterwards.  Am I the only one struggling with this? It's hard, right? A few people warned that it could/would happen almost as if it's just a natural state of progression.  I'm not sure I agree, so for now I will stick to my guns.  I want Preston to know that he is adored beyond belief, but I also don't want Hadley to ever feel she's getting shafted.


All that being said though, I am excited about treating this as a new opportunity with a fresh start.  I like the quote above.  I don't want to go into this new opportunity as a mother of two with any preconceived notions of  how it will be as I attempt to raise two kids in this broken world when truth is I'm just learning about how to be a mother to one child and some days I feel like I just get by.  I do know one thing though, I will go into this whole 'mother of two' thing being the best mother I can be.  I won't be perfect, but I will be the best mother I can be.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

3rd annual 'Hunt' Trip

I'll still refer to this as our "Hunt" trip even though this year we relocated to Lake Dunlap in New Braunfels instead of trucking it to Hunt, Texas.
The location didn't matter.  What mattered was the time with our sweet friends
 and watching all the kiddos make memories together.  There was lots of lake swimming, boat rides, a lot of first jet ski rides.

daddies and their kiddos kayaking

an evening swim

realized Preston had outgrown his life jacket (seen in the 2nd picture) and made a trip to WalMart to buy him a 'real' life jacket

sweet friends // year three

sweet friends plus the new siblings
So far three new baby girls have joined in on the fun. By the end of the year, there will be a total of five new girls joining in on the fun.  Not sure how we all pulled this off, but I'm pretty excited about it.  These boys are about to be outnumbered and have no idea what's in store for them.
And for some flashbacks ::

sweet friends // year one

sweet friends // year two