Thursday, June 30, 2016

Remington Rose ♥ 15 Months

Well, I said I was done with monthly updates after the last one... but I changed my mind! Although I can say I definitely won't be doing these monthly, just more of brief periodic update so I can be sure to remember all the little things that my preggo Mama brain might forget! Some days are certainly long, but I know these precious moments will fly by. I'm thankful to be able to spend my days with our sweet baby girl and watch her grow! ♥ ♥ ♥ 


+ Her new obsession is baby dolls. She hugs them and wraps her arm around them so tight and carries them around. She also likes to poke their eyes, ears, and mouth. Haha!

+ She LOVES to be outside. Water, stroller rides, wagon rides, swing, park, sand box, beach, etc. 

+ She also loves smelling flowers. Any flowers she sees even if she's 5 feet away she points and snorts (aka sniffs). It's adorable. 

+ She has 11 teeth and 1 more on it's way in. (4 top front, 4 bottom front, 1 molar on each side/top/bottom)

+ She's an animal lover. She points and ooh's every time she sees one. She especially loves the horses next door at Nana & Papa Furtah's. She also of course loves dogs, including every dog she sees on the street.

+ Animal Noises: Woof woof, Mooooo, Ooo ahh ahh (monkey), A horse noise but I don't know how to write the sound she makes. 

+ Says: Above animal sounds, Yes (sounds more like yesssshhh), Ta-daaa, Hop Hop Hop, Dada, Mama (rarely anymore). I feel like she says more but I'm drawing a blank!

+ She waves Hi/Bye to almost everyone she sees. 

+ She's a master at blowing kisses. She only gives regular kisses to Mama & Dada. If I say aww, come give me kisses and I make a kiss noise she will run to me with her lips puckered. All the heart eyes. 

+ When she's excited about something/someone she sees she points and does this little "ooooh oohhh ohhhhh" expression. Which is pretty much 2453908 times a day. 

+ Her hair is getting so long! It's always in her eyes if she's not wearing a bow. It's definitely lightened up to a dirty blonde color. 

+ If I'm sitting on the floor with her, she will walk in front of me and then back her little butt up to sit on my lap. It's so cute. She especially likes to do that when she wants me to read her a book. 

+ She's still obsessed with Mickey. We typically watch 1-2 episodes in the morning and then 1 episode at night. Then she has a bottle and reads a book and I rock/hold her until she falls asleep. If she's not 100% sound asleep and I lay her down she wakes right back up. Which sometimes is frustrating, although I have to remind myself to soak up the cuddles while I can. 

+ Coloring with her mess free coloring book keeps her occupied for about 7 minutes. 

+ She loves to play with accessories - purses, necklaces, sunglasses, hats, etc. 

+ She gets running on the cement/rocks too fast sometimes and falls. She's skinned up both her knees pretty bad a few times now. Poor girl. 

+ We learned that the sun and certain sunscreen makes her eczema break out really bad. Since switching to Honest or Blue Lizard and moisturizing every night with coconut oil, we haven't had any issues!

+ Nicknames: Stinky stinky, Remi, Remi Roo, Tootsies, Toosters, Baby

+ Clothes: 18 months. Dresses and rompers are our current summer time favorite outfits. 

+ Diapers: Size 5 Honest Co. We also love the reusable Honest swim diaper or iPlay swim diapers.
+ Shoes: Size 5. At the start of summer we didn't have any good summer shoes, so we did some shopping and have been just doing trial and error to see what works best. Of course the super cute flip flops or stylish sandals of any sort are not an option to put on her feet without causing her to get mad. So, we've determined that our favorites are Natives or these Nike sandals. The natives work great for the beach/water as well as a simple pair of water shoes from Old Navy. 
+ Sleep Habits: Well, when we lived at home she was going to sleep around 7:30-8 and waking up at 7am. Perfect. Then we moved into the camper and that all went to hell. In the 7 weeks we've been in the camper, she's slept through the night in her own bed 3 times. She doesn't go to bed until 10pm. She fights naptime like no other. And sleeps until 8am or later. Since I'm exhausted myself, we've done a lot of co sleeping (judge away) and I confess, I haven't been getting up before she does because well... pregnancy. I'm really hoping that once we get back into the house and she's sleeping in her crib rather than a pack and play, we will get back on a better schedule. Praying hard for that to happen with the new baby coming soon!
+ Eating Habits: She will not eat if she can't use the fork/spoon herself. Even if it's a full size utinsel off of our plate. Officially drinking whole milk full time. The first couple months she would only drink it warmed up. We're now able to drink it cold. Except the last night time feeding before bedtime we heat it up. 
She's still a super picky eater. No matter how many times I give her meat and veggies, she will not eat them. But she will eat most fruit, bread, hard boiled eggs (sometimes), and pasta all day every day.

Catch up here...



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Red, White & Blue Trifle

With the 4th of July creeping up on us, I thought I'd share a tried and true delicious Red, White, and Blue dessert for the occasion! I actually just made this for Remington's 1st Birthday party and as always, it was such a hit! 

(Trifle/Truffle... whichever you call it!)


What you need:

- 5oz package of instant vanilla pudding (or you could use cheesecake which I've tried and it's delicious too!)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 C water
- 12oz cool whip - thawed
- 8oz sour cream
- 1 angel food cake cut into pieces (I have a big truffle dish so I like to use two cakes)
- Approx. 2C fresh strawberries
- Approx. 1C fresh blueberries

In large bowl, combine pudding, milk, and water with a whisk. Refrigerate mixture for 5 minutes. 

Remove from fridge. Stir in cool whip and sour cream until smooth. 

In a large trifle dish, layer pieces of angel food cake, add a layer of berries, and then add pudding mixture. Repeat for several layers. Garnish top with berries. 

Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving. 

If you don't already follow Shay from Mix and Match Mama,  you better hop on over to her blog and check it out! She posts about kiddos, travel, shopping deals, and most importantly - FOOD! And the bonus fun fact?? Her brother is Sean from the Bachelor so sometimes she gets to go to Bachelor events and of course talks about Sean and Catherine. ;) She really seems like such a sweet down to Earth young lady and I love following along! 

Original recipe from Mix and Match Mamma found HERE

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bump Watch ♥ 33 & 34 Weeks

It's been a while since I did a pregnancy update... and since we're getting down to the last few weeks, I thought I should document an update for this neglected second child. ;) Don't mind my terrible picture this week thanks to a non cooperating husband therefore leading to a self timer + the bright sunshine. Better than nothing, right?!

Also, I'd like to thank all my sweet blogging friends for your kind words throughout my last couple posts regarding all my emotions and how crazy how life currently is. It's so uplifting to hear! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! Especially for continuing to follow along despite my lack of posts and excitement around these parts! 



How far long:  33w6d

Gender: I never thought I'd be the type of person to go without knowing the gender... but I have to admit, it's fun! It's the most common question people/strangers ask me about.

Since we found out with the first baby, I thought it would be different to not find out this time around. Not to mention, we have so many other things going on right now that occupy my mind and time from allowing me to even prepare for a specific gender if I wanted to.

Minor detail.... we may have an envelope from an ultrasound appointment that we got "just in case" we decided we wanted to know! The envelope has be folded up and tucked away and honestly, we've had no temptations! But we've laughed about it!

Weight Gain: 30lbs. Barf. 5lbs in the last 2 weeks... I blame my husbands addiction to ice cream that he makes me get 4 times a week. Ha!

Baby Size:  Celery - 17-18" and 4-5lbs.

Fun Fact: Baby keeps eyes open while he/she is awake

Maternity Clothes: For the most part, all maternity. Except a few shorts and my favorite Maurices tanks that I have in every color. Target has some cute tees I picked up in a couple colors as well. I pretty much wear comfy shorts like these or these or a dress, maxi skirt, leggings, and t shirts. I've learned that with the summer heat, I absolutely cannot stand wearing anything full panel or thick material. My belly gets way too hot and itchy!

Sleep: Some nights are better than others. I definitely still cannot bring myself to get up before Remington does in the morning, therefore my time to myself is very limited nonexistent during the day. Mostly depending on if Remington wakes up crying, how many times I have to get up to pee, and if I toss and turn. Any sort of movement from one side to the other seems to be when I get sharp pains in my lower belly/back. An extra pillow along my back or between my legs is a must. Oh, and waking up in the middle of the night with an itchy belly sometimes so I get up and put more lotion on.

Movement: Yes! This little guy/gal is a violent one! When I sit down, it must limit his/her space because the kicks become very strong and sometimes painful. Jasmine was feeling him/her move for a while over the weekend. It seems like anytime anyone goes to feel movement or I try to take a video, the movement stops.

Stretch Marks: Not yet!

Cravings: My appetite is not the best and I know I'm not eating like I should be for two. I don't really crave anything. Heck, sometimes I'm not hungry at all and don't even want anything to eat. Living in the camper and having limited options doesn't help either. Maybe sweets more than usual? Or maybe that's a summer thing?!

Belly Button: Umm.. my belly button is the ugliest thing! Seriously... it's so inside out and stretched out! Remi finds it to be pretty funny and likes to poke at it.

Anything making you queasy or sick?: No, although a few times at night I get a feeling in my throat like I could barf. No idea why, and thankfully it goes away!

Symptoms: My Dr said my iron is extremely low so I'm on some iron pills. Sharp pains and sore muscles in my lower stomach/cervix area. Very sore back and sharp pains on my right side. Especially when I stand up too fast. Acid reflux. Short of breath. Tired. Cellulite on legs and butt (TMI?).

What I miss: My summer clothes. Sleeping on my back/belly. Being able to carry Remington in the ergo. A nice ice cold summer cocktail (wine, Redd's apple ale, sangria, mojito... you catch the drift)

Emotions: Stressed, worried, anxious, etc. Pretty much the same emotions as I mentioned before or in my last post about our lives lately... Feeling completely unprepared is the biggest thing upsetting me at the moment.

Dreams: I had a dream I had a boy and the name we picked out didn't turn out to be what we named him.

Hubby's thoughts: I've got no idea what Michael's thoughts are. Maybe one of these days I'll ask him... ha. Other than me telling him what I'm feeling or what the Dr's say, he doesn't ask about the baby, feel him/her move, or really make any comments in general about the baby or my enormous belly.

Nursery: It makes me kind of sad that baby #2 doesn't have a nursery at the moment. We don't even have furniture for pete's sake! Ugh. I'm sure once he/she arrives my time to plan and create a nursery will be pretty limited as well... guess I'll worry about it when the time comes.

Favorite Moment(s): We celebrated Michael's Birthday and my Dad and I's Birthdays. Michael had 4 days off work and we spent lots of time together. My mom picked me up some maternity clothes, which I wasn't expecting so I thought that was really thoughtful! 

What I am looking forward to: Moving back into our house and getting organized/prepared! Any reminders/suggestions for must have items for the baby or hospital bag is much appreciated! My brain is such a blur!

Comparison of Baby #1: Similar for the most part...  Except I did notice that I don't have the linea nigra this time. The pressure/pains I've been feeling already seem so early compared to with Remi. I gained more weight in my back/butt/thighs with Remi and my belly was more round. This time around I feel like my belly is more oval and I'm carrying much lower. The Dr said that it's normal to carry lower for your 2nd pregnancy. 

Catch up here...





Thursday, June 16, 2016

Life Lately: 5th Week of RV Living

Prepare for word and picture heavy post with a side of down right honest reality... 

I can't believe we're on our 5th week of living in our RV! These last few weeks aren't anything of what I envisioned it would be... I thought I'd catch up on reading, do a few sewing projects, visit with friends/family a lot, go out to eat at some restaurants we haven't visited in years, work on Remington's baby book, blog, play outside for hours, give my back a break from giving baths (or get a break in general), spend quality time with Michael in the evenings, etc. However, that's not the case at all. Life seems to be busier. Remi is more needy. I am more pregnant and can't do/go as much as I want to. Evenings are rough and there's no down time to spend with Michael.

Here's the low down of what our lives as the "Gypsy Joy's" has looked like over the past 5 weeks....

OUR HOUSE:
The plan was to leave our house and hopefully be closing on it shortly after we left. In the meantime, we would be together as a family and we would be closer to the area we are looking for a new home which would allow us to look any homes we found we liked. Just over a week after living in the camper, we found out the buyers of our house still didn't have the financing and they decided they would just have to get back in contact with us if/when they had the funding. Great, perfect. We moved out of our house, are now paying for storage, I'm having another baby soon, and the sale on our house fell through.

WHERE WE'VE BEEN STAYING:
The first 3 weeks we were actually staying in a relative's backyard. Which meant we only had electric and a tank of water. Which means we really have to watch how much water we use. A tank of water typically would last us a week. That's without taking showers, no dishes besides bottles/sippy cups, and brushing our teeth. So every single day we would have to drive to my Mom's to shower. And every Sunday, we would have to drive to dump our waste tank and refill our fresh water tank.

The 4th week, we moved locations to an actual campground near Howell that was less than 10 minutes from Michael's work. We had full hookup (water, sewer, electric) and let me tell you, it made our lives SO much easier!

This week is being spent at another campground about 20 miles from Flint. Again, we have water, sewer, and electric so that makes things easier.

Today, we are checking out and headed to a different campground for an actual camping trip on Lake Huron (hello beach!) with family for Father's Day weekend.

Next week, we don't know where we are staying. 

WHAT HAVE WE DONE BESIDES CAMP:
Celebrated mine and Michael's birthdays. Went to a splash pad for the first time. We've went to the Zoo. Rode Nana and Papa Furtah's golf cart. Went to a friend's baby shower that turned into a surprise wedding. Gabriella's 1st Birthday Party. Helped Nana and Papa plant their garden. Remi with to the Dr. (swollen lymph node in her groin and a bad breakout of eczema). Visited Aunt Starr and Alexa (and their kitties). Gotten ice cream. Took a walk on the beach for the first time (wasn't expecting her to run in up to her knees so we didn't have a swimsuit on). Lots of trips to Meijer's and Target. Lots of walks, trips to the park, and water bucket play time.

REMINGTON'S SCHEDULE (AKA SLEEP):
When we lived at home, we were happily sleeping through the night. Going to bed by 7:30-8pm and waking up between 6:30-7:30. Baby in her crib, Mama in her bed, dogs gated off on the other side of the house. Perfection. Then we moved into the camper.... Bam. Throw that all out the window. Mornings are rough. She rarely wakes up happy anymore. She fights nap-time HARD. Therefore, she takes a late nap and then stays up until almost 10pm every night. Through the night she's waking up several times screaming and I usually wind up just bringing her back to our bed. I'm not sure if it's the change or a coincidence of teething... regardless, it has me about to lose my mind.

THE DOGS:
I knew the dogs were going to be the biggest obstacle. They don't like Remi and we're all in a small space. Not a good combo. Sandy is always growling at Remington. Their barking, running, growling, etc. always wake her up. They bring a lot of dirt inside the camper. They smell. They've brought in ticks (found one on Remi one morning so we know it had to have come from the dogs overnight). I have to put things on the furniture to keep them off it. Jack doesn't let me in the bedroom at night so we have to lock him out. Then he paces around and whines half the night. If I put a gate/barricade of things up, he knocks it down/crawls/jumps it. The list goes on, but the moral of the story is... They drive me nuts. Therefore, they stay outside 90% of the day because that's about the only way we're all going to survive.

When we stayed in the Furtah's backyard, we let the dogs run free around the yard. Until we caught Jack in the road chasing vehicles twice and a third time I witnessed him almost get hit by a truck. Then Sandy was digging holes in the yard. So we chained them up. Now that we're at campgrounds, they have to be chained up or on a leash at all times. And you have to pick up their poop.

SEEING MICHAEL DAILY:
Besides the last two winters during layoff season, this is the first time we've spent more than 2 days a week living together. Silly me for thinking that having Michael around would mean I would get a break. (No, I'm not saying I don' Remington has spent way too many days and nights solely with me, therefore she only wants me 90% of the time. Constantly picking her up, getting up/down off the floor with her, chasing her around outside is just making this exhausted preggo Mama even more exhausted). Since Michael is used to just getting out of work and doing his own thing where ever he is at, he doesn't really know what she needs or what to do with her or what he can do to help me. Plus some nights he works late or has a longer drive home and when he gets there, he just wants to relax. Story of my life. Sometimes he would literally just sit on his phone while I was trying to clean up dinner, get Remington ready for bed, wash dishes, pack his lunch, etc. But, since this is a learning process for all of us, we've talked about it (read: I've had several meltdowns) and our night time routine has improved. I feel like I'm still telling him what to do some days because he doesn't typically ask what he can do to help, but all in all, I have to remind myself that living in an RV and bouncing around from place to place isn't a normal family life. It's hard to create a lifestyle and routines for all of us right now. Especially seeing as living together full time is new for all of us. I'm just thankful that we are able to spend more time together than usual, Remington gets to at least see her Dad a few hours a day (even though she still chooses to hang on my leg), and we can give each other a kiss good morning/good night daily.

PREPARING FOR BABY #2:
To say I'm unprepared for our new baby is a complete understatement. The thought of all the things I'd like to do gives me complete anxiety. Not to mention all the the things I had intended to do over the last few months that haven't been accomplished. It kind of makes me sad now that I don't have a nursery that I've been creating for this baby boy/girl. Within the next few weeks I hope to dig some stuff out of storage, buy any additional necessities, and try to get prepared the best that I can. I should probably think about packing a hospital bag as well. Oh, and maternity pictures.

If you made it through all that, go get yourself an ice cream cone (and have one for me). I realize I sound like a negative Nancy at most some points. I'm not trying to throw myself a pity party, I'm just being honest. This hasn't been easy. Yes, I am riding the struggle bus almost daily. Yes, I am trying to make the best of things. Yes, I know this too shall pass. Overall, it sure hasn't been an easy adjustment, and things certainly haven't went as planned, but we're making the best of it. 

Do you have any questions or curiosity about our current RV living situation?!


Snack time in our jammie's

First time at a beach 




Camping in Highland, MI

Bath time in an RV

Gabriella's 1st Birthday Party

Dee & Dana's Surprise Wedding! 

High School GF's with our kiddos!

First time at a splash pad!





Friday, June 10, 2016

Current Summer Favorites

Happy Friday! Today I'm officially 8 months pregnant! How did that happen?! Maybe I'll do a bump update next week! Such a slacker I am...

I'm keeping it short and sweet with some current summer favorites/highlights from this week! Linking up with Amanda's Friday Favorites!

We survived week 4 of RV living! This past week has actually been a pretty good one! We're currently staying less than 10 minutes away from Michael's jobsite, so he's been able to sleep in and help more in the evenings. Next week he's working somewhere else, so we're headed to another new location on Sunday. Only for a short week though, because then we're headed to the lake for Father's Day/my birthday weekend!

Here is our current views of where we are staying...


One of the highlights from this week was celebrating Michael's birthday! In the past, there have been many years we haven't even been together on our birthday's. So being able to have dinner and go grab some ice cream together was nice!


This Stainless Steel 34oz Tumbler is awesome for summer time! I purchased mine at Meijer ($19.99) rather than online. Ice cold water has been really quenching my thirst. Therefore I've been wanting a GOOD insulated tumbler to keep my drink ice cold. I put ice in it in the morning and can refill the cup multiple times and the same ice lasts through the majority of the day! I especially love this one because it has an option for a straw, unlike the Yeti or Swell.

Also summer time quenching is an ice cold smoothie! Remi doesn't do well with eating veggies, so I love that I can sneak in some spinach in a smoothie and she loves it! Our go to recipe is 1C chocolate almond milk, 1TBSP peanut butter, 1 frozen banana, and a handful of fresh spinach. Yum! What's your favorite smoothie recipes?!

Cucumber salad is one of my summer favorites! So easy and delicious! I just made it this week. This time I used whole wheat pasta for some added fiber and I used half the sugar. Still delicious! 

Every time I think about canceling my monthly subscription to Little Poppy Bows, they go ahead and send out adorable bows and I can't resist. For only $12 a month plus $3 shipping, it's a steal! You can choose if you want it on an alligator clip or nylon headband. Here's our most recent shipment... so perfect for summer!

Last but not least, this girl LOVES summer! Being outside is her favorite. She brings me her shoes within an hour of being awake and goes to the door. I mean, how cute. But not realistic. Ha! 


Follow me on snapchat (justjuliejoy) for more random daily summer happenings! 

Have a good weekend!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

29 Things - 29th Year

How is it a week into June already?! Seriously... someone turn the clocks back or something!

One week from today is my birthday! Unlike last year, I actually remembered!

Back in the day I used to look forward to the month of June (I mean I still do, but I used to reaaaaallly look forward to it) for a few different reasons... Mostly because it's my birthday month (and Michael's) and the start of summer. But now that I don't quite party hard celebrate the way that I used to, June just isn't as big of a deal to me anymore. I'm not sure if I grew up, became old and lame, or all the above. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good birthday celebration and there are a lot of other great happenings in June! Over the last few years my time has been consumed with other important things, such as planning a wedding, planning a surprise 30th birthday party for Michael, having a baby, and now this year being pregnant and homeless (kidding.. kind of). 

So, here's to my last year in my 20's, maybe next year I'll get back to celebrating and ring in my 30th year doing something a little more fun! This year I am thankful because we are at least living together (in the camper, nonetheless) so dinner and a s'more will do! Plus, Michael has a few days afterwards off work so we are planning to enjoy a quick camping trip on the lake with some family! 

In honor of my upcoming birthday, I'm just going to share 29 random things about me/my life that you probably don't care about to ring in my 29th year of life! In no particular order of course...

1. I was born on my Dad's birthday. 
2013 Birthday's

2. My nicknames are Jew, Jules, Rudy, Sis.

3. I still have and sleep with my baby blanket. 

4. I've traveled to Mexico (Cabo & Cancun), Alaska, Nevada (Vegas), Florida (Ft. Meyers, Daytona, & Disney), Kentucky, Texas (Forth Worth), Ohio, Louisiana (West Monroe), Washington (Seattle), and Canada.


5. I don't eat seafood. Zip zero zilch. The texture and smell grosses me out. 

6. My plan for when I grew up was to be a model, police officer, or a teacher. A teacher was my top pick mostly because I like kids, helping others, and the schedule would be good for being a parent. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would wind up being a SAHM. 

7. I make lists for everything. On sticky notes, note pads, my iPhone. Never ending lists. Honestly though, I think I'd forget a lot of things if I didn't write them down. I blame my mother for that! 

8. Speaking of lists, when I make my grocery list, I write the list out/add to it throughout the week, then before I go shopping I rewrite the list in section order so I can easily get what I need as I go through the store. 

9. In high school I had a short cheer leading career due to being a flyer and having injuries within my first two years. One being a broken nose that needed reconstructive surgery and the next being hip surgery. 

10. I like syrup with my grilled cheese sandwich. Don't knock it 'till you try it!

11. My lucky/favorite number is 11

12. Michael proposed on 11/11/11

13. I've been to a lot of concerts! It's one of my favorite things to do for fun! Some artists I've seen are: George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Lady A, Brooks and Dunn, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, ahhh so many more I can't remember right now! 
Michael and I's first concert together - Brad Paisley in 2010 :)

14. If I could travel anywhere, I think I would go to Turks & Caicos, A moose or elk hunting trip in Canada or Alaska, and across to the pond to Germany, Italy, France, and/or Finland! 

15. I've been on 7 billboards. 3 for college and 4 for QDMA. 

16. I have 4 siblings - 1 biological brother, two half sisters, and one half brother.

17. I am a one time pageant girl! I competed in the Miss Michigan 2012 pageant. I did not place in the top 15 and yes, I cried. However it was a great learning experience and I had a lot of fun doing it! (Yes, I hate my hair for the evening gown portion but that's what happens when you don't know how to do hair and they don't provide stylists!)

18. Ever since I got my license, my dream vehicle was a lifted pickup. A chevy/GMC to be exact. Thanks to my hubby, he brought that dream to a reality and I now drive a GMC disel pickup! Now, my next dream vehicle is an SUV ;) 

19. I also used to dream about being a SAHM but I never thought that would be something I would do. Again, thanks to Michael for making that happen! 

20. I love a good shopping haul but I always get buyers remorse afterwards!

21. I am named after my Grandma (Mom's Mom)

22. I'm not a pop drinker. Unless it is spiked with vodka or something delicious!

23. Gardening, sewing, or sitting outside are my favorite ways to destress and relax.

24. Michael has taught me everything about gardening and hunting. Even though I did grow up with my Dad being a hunter and my family having a garden, I didn't gain much knowledge or interest until about 7 years ago. Now it's two of my favorite hobbies!

25. I dislike most condiments. Especially mustard and mayo. Therefore I typically don't eat any types of salads that are made with either! Potato salad... yuck! Macaroni salad... gross!

26. Needles give me anxiety. Up until I had a baby and I realized a needle poke would be the least of my pain, I used to get very worked up about needles/bloodwork/etc. I'm still not a fan of it, but I'm able to handle it and I don't need my Mom to hold my hand anymore ;) 

27. Ice cream is my weakness. (Fun fact: Michael's addiction to ice cream is 10x worse)
2012

28. Growing up on the Canadian/USA border, we used to go over the bridge to drink since the legal drinking age in Canada is only 19. I went with a fake ID for a few years prior to turning 19. Then that became old news and I used a fake ID to go to bars in the US. (Not sure I should tell my kids about my rebel stage... ha!)

29. Becoming a Mom (aside from marrying Michael) has been the best part of my 29 years! Although some days are tough, I truly think motherhood has made me a better person. I've learned to be more patient, appreciative, caring, understanding, laid back, and selfless. Sometimes it's not easy, but it's a constant learning process! 

That's a little bit more about me! Here's to 29 years!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bump Watch ♥ 30/31 Weeks


  
How far long:  Picture taken 30w1d - Currently 30w6d

Gender: We've made it this far without knowing, so I think it's safe to say we aren't going to! Since we found out with the first baby, I thought it would be different to not find out this time around. Michael didn't think I could do it... so we placed a bet... but he forgot about it so he claims I can't win the bet that he doesn't know about. Minor detail.... we may have an envelope from an ultrasound appointment that we got "just in case" we decided we wanted to know! The envelope has be folded up and tucked away and honestly, we've had no temptations! But we've laughed about it!

Weight Gain: 25ish lbs. I was slightly impressed at last months appointment that I only gained 2lbs and then this months appointment I only gained 1lb. It certainly feels like I've gained WAY more than that and my clothes agree...

Baby Size: Zucchini - 16" and 3lbs approximately!

Fun Fact: Baby is strong enough to grasp a finger!

Maternity Clothes: This topic is frustrating me lately. I was doing/feeling so good about being able to fit into my normal clothes until about week 25. Before we moved into the camper I packed up most of my clothes and kept out some of my "bigger" and longer shirts/tanks that I figured I'd be able to wear no problem. Well... that hasn't really been the case. Sure, I have tons of dresses and maxi skirts however chasing a toddler around in a dress isn't really ideal on a daily basis. So needless to say, I've had a meltdown or three about it. Then, I got a babysitter to go shopping yesterday and I had zero luck. Then, I went online searching and had zero luck. So you'll be seeing me in the same few outfits for now. Ugh!

Sleep: Can't really complain. According to my sleep tracking, I really shouldn't complain because I'm getting anywhere from 7-9 restful hours. I do toss and turn a lot and definitely have a hard time getting comfortable due to the pains in my lower stomach area. A pillow between my legs helps. I didn't pack my pregnancy pillow in the camper and sometimes I regret it.

Movement: Little guy/girl is making up for all the lost time of minimal movements because now he/she is go getter! I'm feeling a lot more movement reallllly low this time. When I'm sitting down the movements are up closer to my belly button area or off to the side. When I lay down to go to bed at night is when he/she is the most active!

Stretch Marks: Not yet! Being sure to moisturize multiple times a day. I've noticed with it being warm out that my belly gets itchy and hot so I try to take a minute to put some more moisturizer on to avoid me itching it.

Cravings: My appetite is not the best and I confess, I'm not eating like I should be for two. I don't really crave anything. A few times I've craved cake or ice cream. But that's kind of normal for me :)

Belly Button: Umm.. considering this ugly thing has been sticking out since week 12, I'm not really sure how much further it can possibly go?!

Anything making you queasy or sick?: No.

Symptoms: My Dr said my iron is extremely low so I'm on some iron pills. I've been having some sharp pains and sore muscles in my lower stomach/cervix area. Which began when I started packing to move and it seems to only get worse as the weeks pass by. This baby is really low so I'm not sure if that's why I feel it more? Definitely short of breath easily and exhausted by the end of the day. Oh, and the cellulite and spider veins on my legs isn't my favorite. ;-(

What I miss: Sleeping on my back/belly. Being able to carry Remington in the ergo. A nice ice cold summer cocktail (wine, Redd's apple ale, sangria, mojito... you catch the drift)

Emotions: I've got a whole lot of emotions going on. I confess, and I'm not looking for a pity party, I'm just being honest - to say I'm riding the struggle bus on a daily basis is no exaggeration. Most of it doesn't even have to do with the baby necessarily. However, I am starting to have some slight anxiety that I'm not prepared what so ever for this baby. The biggest problem being that we are currently living in a camper. The second biggest problem being that Remington is really giving me a hard time lately and I'm starting to fear what life will be like once the baby arrives. Other emotions I always think about include L&D, packing a hospital bag (where is all that stuff? Storage unit? I hope), life after baby arrives, moving, leaving Remington overnight for the first time, the dogs, etc. I also feel guilty that I don't take pictures or write memories or heck barely acknowledge this pregnancy. I'm so consumed and busy with life that being pregnant isn't even on my mind most of the time and I don't want our second child to look back and think I cared less about him/her.

Dreams: I had a dream I had another girl and had her and Remington is matching adorable summer dresses

Hubby's thoughts: Michael doesn't say too much... or acknowledge my belly... or feel the baby move... or really talk anything about the baby. Some days I wonder if he's forgotten I'm almost 8 months pregnant.... I'll leave it at that.

Nursery: Zero thoughts or comments about this. Which officially stresses me out. :(

Favorite Moment(s): Hearing the heart beat (137bpm) at the doctor! When Remi lays on my belly (even though she really has no clue her sibling is in there) it's really sweet. 

What I am looking forward to: Moving and creating a nursery for the little one!

Comparison of Baby #1: Similar yet different...  I gained more weight in my back/butt/thighs with Remi and my belly was more round. This time around I feel like my belly is more oval and I'm carrying much lower. The Dr said that it's normal to carry lower for your 2nd pregnancy. 

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